President Barack Obama admitted that Donald Trump’s transition to the White House has been “unusual,” Politico reported.
The outgoing president was asked by Steve Kroft of CBS News to acknowledge that “this is one of the strangest transitions in history.”
“It’s unusual,” Obama said in the 60 Minutes show which will be aired on Sunday.
“I’ll agree with that. And I suspect the president-elect would agree with that. Look, he’s an unconventional candidate. I don’t think there’s anybody who’s run a campaign like his successfully in modern history, not that I can think of, and as a consequence, because he didn’t have the supports of many of the establishment in his own party, because he ran sort of an improvisational campaign,” the 44th president said.
Obama said that Trump is “in the process of building up an organization, and we’ll have to see how that works.
The outgoing president believes that Trump’s freewheeling style will be put to the test in the Oval Office.
“It’ll be a test, I think, for him and the people that he’s designated to be able to execute on his vision,” he said.
Obama added that “don’t underestimate the guy, because he’s going to be 45th president of the United States.”
Obama was among Trump’s harshest critics during the campaign. He, at that time, warned that Trump was “uniquely unqualified” for the presidency and should not be trusted with the nuclear codes.
“The one thing I’ve said to him directly, and I would advise my Republican friends in Congress and supporters around the country, is just make sure that as we go forward, certain norms, certain institutional traditions don’t get eroded, because there’s a reason they’re in place,” Obama added.
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