Trump And Obama Speak Over Phone To Ensure Smooth Transition

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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President-elect Donald Trump had a phone conversation with President Barack Obama Wednesday that he described as “very,very nice.” Obama’s spokesman said the call was in order to ensure a “smooth and effective transition.”

Trump had been publicly attacking the president since Monday. “President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me. He should say that but I say NO WAY! – jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc,” Trump said. This tweet came after Obama said during an interview published Monday that he is confident in his message because if he had “run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it.”

Then on Tuesday, Trump said, “President Obama campaigned hard (and personally) in the very important swing states, and lost.The voters wanted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”  The president-elect went on to say on Wednesday morning that he’s doing his “best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.”

“Thought it was going to be a smooth transition – NOT!,” Trump added. The president-elect would later say Wednesday to reporters that he thought the transition process was going “very, very smoothly.” Trump said he and Obama had a “very, very nice” phone call and that, “we had a very nice conversation.”

White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz said in a statement: “Today’s call, like the others since the election, was positive and focused on continuing a smooth and effective transition.”

“The president and president-elect committed to staying in touch over the next several weeks and agreed their respective teams would continue to work together to effectuate a smooth transition of power on January 20th,” Schultz added.