Obama dodges question on whether he likes Trump

Obama dodges question on whether he likes Trump
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President Obama in an interview broadcast Sunday appeared to dodge a question about whether he liked President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE.

"You know, I've enjoyed the conversations that we've had," Obama said on ABC's "This Week" when asked whether he likes the president-elect.

"He is somebody who, I think, is not lacking in confidence."

Obama said confidence is probably a "prerequisite for the job."


"Or at least you have to have enough craziness to think that you can do the job," he said.

"I think that he has not spent a lot of time sweating the details of, you know, all the policies."
That approach, Obama said, can be both a strength and a weakness.

"If it gives him fresh eyes, then that can be valuable," Obama said.

"But it also requires you knowing what you don't know and putting in place people who do have the kinds of experience and background and knowledge that can inform good decisionmaking."

Obama also said he and Trump are opposites in some ways. He explained he's on the "policy wonk end of the spectrum" and likes to surround himself with experts on all subjects to help him make the best possible decisions.

"And if you don't have good people, and you don't have a good process," Obama said, "and you don't have, at some level, the basic reverence for this office, and an understanding of the incredible responsibilities and obligations, then I think you can get into trouble."

During the presidential campaign, Obama often criticized the president-elect. After Trump's victory, Obama said in an interview he could have beaten Trump in the 2016 election if he were allowed to run. Still, Trump and Obama have been in contact since the president-elect's victory to ensure a smooth transition of power.