Obama administration officials slam Warren: 'Condescending narcissist'

Former members of the Obama administration leveled criticism at Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWhat do Google, banks and chicken salad have in common? Final debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit Biden defends his health plan from Trump attacks MORE (D-Mass.) during an interview with Politico Magazine, reflecting lingering acrimony over her work to found the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

In interviews with Politico Magazine, former administration officials called the now-presidential contender a "condescending narcissist," "sanctimonious," and a "professional critic."


“She loved herself and some of her staff had a God view of her and that’s not aligned with government and bureaucrats which require teamwork," one former Obama administration official said of Warren.

The divide between former President Obama's team and Warren stemmed from Warren's demands that she be put in charge of the CFPB, a position she did not get, according to the publication.

In meetings with both Obama and other administration officials, Warren reportedly made clear that she would keep up regulatory scrutiny of the Treasury Department as part of her senatorial role were she not confirmed to the post.

“I took it as a message, I think she meant it as one,” former White House adviser David AxelrodDavid AxelrodCNN's Axelrod on Biden debate performance: 'If you're ahead and you get a draw, you win' CNN's Axelrod: Trump 'may have ended his presidency' with debate performance Joe Scarborough urges Biden: 'Do not do anymore debates' MORE told Politico of Warren's comments.

Warren's former team members, for their part, also had acidic criticism for both the former president and members of his team: “Obama called the bankers fat cats once and spent seven years feeling bad about it,” one former Warren aide told Politico.

“The Treasury [Department] crew especially thought they were the smartest guys in the room and the attitude was ‘We’re saving the world, what the f--- do you want with us?’ ” another former Warren staffer told the news outlet.

Warren, seen as one of the more progressive members of the 2020 field along with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Trump mocks Joe Biden's drive-in rallies at North Carolina event Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE (I-Vt.), has remained a top-tier contender for the Democratic nomination ahead of Thursday's debate in Houston.

Thursday's contest will mark the first time Warren and Sanders have been onstage together with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Brad Pitt narrates Biden ad airing during World Series MORE, who has strongly defended Obama policies and who has pushed a more centrist platform in his own run for the White House.