In an interview to CNN on Monday, Obama, who will hand over the White House to Trump on January 20, 2017, said, “I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilised a majority of the American people to rally behind it.”
Trump responded in a tweet saying: “President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me…He should say that but I say NO WAY! – jobs leaving, IS (Islamic State), OCare (Obamacare), etc,” Politico reported.
In the interview, Obama also said that many people around the country, including opponents, keep telling him that the vision and direction of his message is the correct one.
Obama said, the Republicans were only able to engage in an exercise in disunity, insisting that Trump’s victory does not show that the dreams of “one America that is tolerant and diverse and open” have failed, Efe news said.
Despite trailing by nearly 3 million in the national popular vote, Trump defeated his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on November 8 presidential election, clinching major victories in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan en route to clinching a majority of Electoral College votes.
Trump railed against Obama and Clinton’s policies on the campaign trail, telling supporters that Clinton was, in essence, running as an extension of the last eight years while portraying himself as the change agent who could shake up Washington and bring power back to the American people.
He has promised to repeal and replace Obamacare once he takes office, derided the two Democratic politicians as founders of the Islamic State and slammed them for having supported free trade policies like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Trump has been defensive regarding the election outcome, arguing that he could have won the popular vote if he wanted to and rejecting US intelligence that Russia meddled in the presidential election, allegedly to boost his campaign, Politico reported.
But he has softened his rhetoric on Obama and Clinton, praising the president and even seeking his counsel during the transition, and reneging on his pledge to jail Clinton.