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Trump: Obama Is Not Giving Me A Smooth Transition

| by Robert Fowler

President-elect Donald Trump has fired up his social media to accuse President Barack Obama of reneging on his pledge to provide a smooth transition of power. The comments arrive amid growing public tensions between the two national figures and the controversy over the United Nations Security Council's condemnation of Israeli settlements along the West Bank.

On Dec. 28, Trump took to his Twitter account to blast Obama for allegedly hobbling his incoming administration with rhetoric and governing maneuvers, Business Insider reports.

"Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks," Trump tweeted out. "Thought it was going to be a smooth transition — NOT!"

The president-elect's statement occurred after a series of events that have driven a wedge between him and Obama.

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On Dec. 23, the Obama administration abstained from a UN Security Council vote that unanimously passed a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, lands that the international community has asserted belongs to the Palestinians.

Trump had blasted the decision, tweeting out that Israel had been "treated with such total disdain and disrespect."

On Dec. 26, Obama stated during a podcast interview with his former adviser, David Axelrod, that he believed he would win reelection against Trump if he was constitutionally allowed to seek a third term. Trump responded on Twitter with: "NO WAY!"

Obama has also taken substantive measures that clash with Trump's campaign promises. In a rebuke against Trump's proposed energy policies, Obama has designated significant portions of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans as environmentally protected lands, exempting them from future oil drilling. Obama used the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to implement the policy, which could be irreversible even under a Trump administration, CNBC reports.

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The flare-up of tensions between Obama and Trump is in contrast to the immediate aftermath of the presidential election. On Nov. 9, Obama had pledged to provide Trump with a smooth transition of power.

"It is no secret that the President-elect and I have some pretty significant differences," Obama said, according to CNN. "We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country."

On Nov. 23, Trump stated that he and Obama had shared a cordial first meeting at the White House, adding that he believed his predecessor would give him a wide berth before transferring power.

"I think he's looking to do absolutely the right thing for the country in terms of transition … And I hope we can have a good — I mean, it doesn't mean we're going to agree on everything, but I hope that we will have a great-long term relationship," Trump told The New York Times.

It would appear that the relationship between Obama and Trump has already started to fray. The question of whether or not Obama has intentionally provoked his successor will likely be a source of debate between their supporters as the official transfer of power draws near.

Sources: Business Insider, CNN, CNBCThe New York Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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