Trump says he last spoke to Obama at Bush funeral: I said ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’
President Trump on Thursday said he’s only spoken to his predecessor one time since their sit-down when he took office, recounting an extremely brief exchange with former President Obama last year.
“I was at the funeral of President [George H.W.] Bush,” Trump said at a Fox News town hall. “Sat next to him, and I said, ‘Hello.’ And then I said, ‘goodbye.’ That’s about it.”
The president said the December 2018 interaction has been his only exchange with Obama since they spoke in the Oval Office after Election Day 2016.
Trump appeared to begin to say on Thursday that he “didn’t like the guy,” but caught himself before focusing more on Obama’s administration.
“I didn’t like the job he did,” he said. “I didn’t like the job he and Biden did. I didn’t like the position they put us in. I didn’t like what he did to our military.”
Trump’s jabs at his predecessor came in response to a question about denuclearization talks with North Korea. The president has repeatedly pointed to Obama’s warning that North Korea would be his most difficult foreign policy challenge.
Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have held three face-to-face meetings that have yet to yield a concrete plan for North Korea to denuclearize.
North Korea has in recent months launched test missiles on a consistent basis, alarming U.S. allies in the region and critics of Trump’s efforts to broker a deal with Kim.
The president has downplayed concerns about the missile tests, saying he’s not concerned about any imminent conflict with North Korea.