Incoming U.S. President Donald Trump is not done with his response to president Barack Obama’s claim that he could have defeated the president-elect in the Nov. 8 presidential election had the U.S. Constitution allowed him to run for a third term.
Trump returned to his Twitter handle on Tuesday to say that Obama “campaigned hard” for the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in swing states and lost.
The incoming president, in a series of tweets, implied that the voters rejected the Democrats policies and wanted to “make America great again”.
“President Obama campaigned hard (and personally) in the very important swing states, and lost.
“The voters wanted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
“The world was gloomy before I won – there was no hope. Now the market is up nearly 10% and Christmas spending is over a trillion dollars!”
“The U.S. Consumer Confidence Index for December surged nearly four points to 113.7, THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN MORE THAN 15 YEARS! Thanks Donald!” Trump said in his latest tweets.
How it started
Obama told his former senior adviser David Axelrod in an interview for the “The Axe Files” podcast, produced by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN, aired on Monday that Americans still subscribed to his vision of progressive change, asserting that he could have succeeded in this year’s election if he was eligible to run.
“I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilised a majority of the American people to rally behind it.
“I know that in conversations that I’ve had with people around the country, even some people who disagreed with me, they would say the vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one.”
Trump had, however, taken to his twitter handle and responded to Obama’s claim in capital letters: “NO WAY!”.
The president-elect also listed some policies under Obama’s administration, which he thought constituted baggage to the outgoing President.
He said those policies would have made it difficult for Obama to be re-elected had the U.S. Constitution allowed him to contest for the third term.
“President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me.
“He should say that but I say NO WAY! – jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc,” Trump fired back at the outgoing president from whom he would take over on 20 January, 2017.
Obama, a former Illinois senator, still receives high popularity ratings among Americans. His current ratings exceed 50 per cent, one of the highest for a two-term U.S. president.