Obama Friction with Trump Presidency. @ambjohnbolton @aei.

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01-09-2017

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English: President George Bush visits United States forces in Somalia, January 1, 1993, during the transition to the Clinton Administration

Date 1 January 1993

Source http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/somalia/so00_06b.jpg

Author Courtesy United States Department of Defense

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Obama Friction with Trump Presidency. @ambjohnbolton @aei.

“…Why has Obama gone to such lengths, which he knows are completely contrary to the policies of the new administration and Republican congressional majorities? While every outgoing administration engages in such activities to some degree, that being human nature, none recently has matched Obama's frenetic pace. Certainly, building his legacy, boxing in the Trump White House and exacting a bit of political revenge are likely factors.

But the surest explanation is that Obama, like most political leaders, Republican and Democrat, simply did not expect Trump to beat Hillary Clinton. Much of what Obama is now doing he would not have done before Nov. 8 for fear of providing ammunition to his political opposition. Since our presidential campaign season is basically now two years long, Obama had little leeway after losing control of the Senate in 2014 (having already lost the House of Representatives in 2010).

His administration likely did not foresee any problems in a surge of post-Nov. 8 activity because, assuming Clinton won, they did not fear his initiatives would be reversed. He could take controversial steps, receive both the credit and the criticism, and leave Clinton a clean slate. Almost surely she would not have rolled back any significant measures. Trump's victory changed everything, confronting Obama with the unpleasant reality that both his plans for the transition period and his entire legacy were suddenly in jeopardy….”

http://triblive.com/opinion/featuredcommentary/11731137-74/president-obama-clinton

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