Former President Barack Obama reportedly had some divisive things to say behind President Donald Trump’s back during the 2016 election. People Magazine spoke to sources who claimed to have inside information on Obama’s disdain for Trump.
“He’s nothing but a bulls**tter,” Obama reportedly told two friends during an election night phone call with Trump. Obama’s jab was allegedly over Trump’s profession that then-President Obama held Trump’s “respect” and “admiration” after years of heckling him and his policies on social media.
The unnamed sources who claim to be close friends of the Obamas say that relations haven’t improved much between the former and current presidents since the 2016 election.
“Well,” the sources said, “it hasn’t gotten any better.”
Another source interviewed by the magazine said that Obama is worried about the current state of American affairs, but despite his perception of grim times, the former president is purportedly “optimistic.”
“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.”
Though Obama’s not publicly blasted Trump since the election — when he called Trump an “unacceptable” candidate, as well as “woefully unprepared” and “unfit” — David Axelrod, Chief Strategist for Obama’s presidential campaigns and former Senior Adviser to the president — said that Obama has been nothing but professional in his conduct since leaving the office in January.
“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 revealed.
“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,” he concluded.