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Source: Barack Obama Called Trump A 'Bullsh**er'

| by Michael Howard

Former President Barack Obama reportedly told friends he thinks President Donald Trump is a "bullsh**er."

In an interview with People, two unidentified friends of the former commander in chief said he made the comment during an election-night phone call.

"He's nothing but a bullsh**er," Obama told them following Trump's surprise victory.

People then asked the sources whether Obama's view of the current president has changed since November.

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"Well, it hasn't gotten any better," one of them said.

However, as Obama's friend and former political strategist, David Axelrod, explained, the former president is not likely to air these feelings publicly.

"He’s very respectful of the appropriate role of a former president and that ex-presidents should not be looking over the shoulder of their successors and commenting on every decision," Axelrod told People. "President Obama’s predecessor didn’t do that. Obviously, this now is a unique set of circumstances, but my sense is that he’s going to try and respect that tradition while reserving the right to speak out in given moments when things rise to that level."

And while Obama is disturbed by Trump's presidency, a third anonymous source indicated that he is also encouraged by the strong reaction of a large portion of the electorate.

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"He’s deeply concerned with what he’s seen," the source said. "But he’s also optimistic and heartened that citizens aren’t just watching it happen but engaging with neighbors and elected representatives at town halls."

Earlier in May, Obama made a rare public appearance to accept the Profile in Courage award from the Kennedy family.

In an interview with Jack Schlossberg, the grandson of former President John F. Kennedy, Obama stated that the most courageous thing he did as president was resist pressure to attack the Syrian government in 2013.

"But I actually think that the issue that required the most political courage was the decision not to bomb Syria after the chemical weapons use had been publicized and rather to negotiate them removing chemical weapons from Syria," Obama said, according to CNN.

Obama's comments came a little over a month after Trump bombed a Syrian airfield with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack alleged to have been perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Trump's attack received bipartisan approval, with many viewing it as an improvement over Obama's less hawkish policy toward Syria.

This is not the first time Obama has defended his non-intervention in the six-year long conflict. In December 2016, he told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that he still believes he made the correct decision.

"I think it is the smartest decision from a menu of bad options that were available to us," Obama said. "Have we been flawless in the execution in what is a complicated policy in the region? Absolutely not. I think flawless is not available when it comes to foreign policy. Have we made the best decisions that were available to us at each stage? The answer is yes."

Sources: People, CNN / Photo credit: Chuck Kennedy/Barack Obama White House Archives

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