During the transition, what looks like a glimpse of the presidency in hindsight, a Trump aide had the idea of printing the checklist of Obama’s campaign promises on the official website of the White House to reuse it as a sort of results list, according to two people familiar with the effort.
“It’s personal for Trump; everything revolves around President Obama and the destruction of his legacy. It’s his obsession, “said Omarosa Manigault Newman, a veteran of the” apprentice “and, until his abrupt departure, one of the few black officials in Trump’s west wing. “President Obama cannot rest as long as Trump breathes.”
When the two men met for a post-election session on stilts in November 2016, the president-elect was polite, so Mr. Obama took the opportunity to advise him not to go to the scorched earth of Obamacare. “Look, you can get my name out of it; I don’t care, “he said, according to aides.
Mr. Trump nodded without commitment.
As the transition continued, Obama became increasingly uneasy about what he saw as the blustered indifference of the new president and his inexperienced team. Many of them have ignored the briefing books that his staff had painstakingly produced under his direction, recall former Obama collaborators. a good apartment.
As for Mr. Trump, he had “no idea what he was doing,” Obama told an assistant after their meeting with the Oval Office.
Jared Kushner, son-in-law and close adviser to Mr. Trump, made an equally indelible impression. During a visit to the building, he suddenly asked, “So how many of these people are staying?”
The answer was no, replied his escort. (West Wing officials serve at the discretion of the President, as Mr. Trump will amply illustrate in the months to come.)