Donald Trump lashed out at Barack Obama, accusing his soon-to-be predecessor of making “inflammatory” statements and creating “roadblocks” to prevent a “smooth transition” — as he told Israel to “stay strong” because he’ll be in office soon.
“Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks. Thought it was going to be a smooth transition – NOT!” Trump said to kick off a Wednesday morning tweetstorm.
The comments appeared to refer in part to Obama’s decision to abstain on an anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations — allowing that very resolution to pass last week.
“We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!” Trump continued Wednesday morning.
Obama’s decision not to defend Israel at the UN has received backlash from Republicans like Trump but also from one of the top Democrats in the House of Representatives.
Secretary of State John Kerry is set to deliver a speech Wednesday morning on peace in the Middle East.
Trump’s tweet storm also come days after a recording was released of President Obama saying he’d likely have beaten Trump and won a third term if he had run again.
“I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” Obama said in an episode of “The Axe Files,” a podcast conducted by former aide David Axelrod.
“I know that in conversations that I’ve had with people around the country, even some people who disagreed with me, they would say, ‘The vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one,’” Obama added.
Trump previously praised Obama for conducting a smooth transition of power.