What Obama and Trump have said about each other

2017-01-17 19:08
(Evan Vucci, AP)

(Evan Vucci, AP)

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Washington - Barack Obama passes the reins of US power to Donald Trump on Friday.

Since Trump's election victory in November, the Republican billionaire and the outgoing Democratic president have tried to turn the page on the harsh language of the campaign - with mixed success.

Here are some quotes from Obama on Trump, and from Trump on Obama:

Obama on Trump 

"I continue to believe Mr. Trump will not be president, and the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people, and I think they recognise that being president is a serious job."

- February 17, 2016, following a summit with Southeast Asian leaders in Rancho Mirage, California

"Demeaning women, degrading women, but also minorities, immigrants, people of other faiths, mocking the disabled, insulting our troops, insulting our veterans. That tells you a couple things. It tells you that he is insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down. Not a character trait that I would advise for somebody in the Oval Office."

- October 9, 2016, on the campaign trail in Chicago

"Donald Trump is uniquely unqualified, Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be commander in chief."

- November 3, 2016 at a rally in Jacksonville, Florida

"Now, if somebody can't handle a Twitter account, they can't handle the nuclear codes. If somebody starts tweeting at 3 in the morning because SNL made fun of you, you can't handle the nuclear codes."

- November 6, 2016 at a rally in Kissimmee, Florida

"He clearly was able to tap into a lot of grievances. And he has a talent for making a connection with his supporters that overrode some of the traditional benchmarks of how you'd run a campaign or conduct yourself as a presidential candidate."

"I think everybody has to acknowledge - don't underestimate the guy, because he's going to be 45th president of the United States. The one thing I've said to him directly... 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."

- January 15, 2017, in an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes."

Trump on Obama

"I think President Obama has been the most ignorant president in our history. (...) He has been a disaster as a president. He will go down as one of the worst presidents in the history of our country."

- July 27, 2016 at a rally in Florida

"He's the founder of ISIS. He's the founder of ISIS. He's the founder. He founded ISIS. (...) I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton."

- August 10, 2016, also in Florida

"President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period."

- September 10, 2016 in Washington, admitting for the first time that the Democratic leader was not born abroad and thus was an illegitimate leader -- a conspiracy theory Trump had fueled for at least five years

"A fantastic day in DC. Met with President Obama for first time. Really good meeting, great chemistry. Melania liked Mrs. O a lot!"

- November 10, 2016 on Twitter after a post-election visit to the White House

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

- December 28, 2016, also on Twitter

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