Barack Obama rebukes Donald Trump for frustrating transition of power

Barack Obama rebukes Donald Trump for frustrating transition of power

- Barack Obama said Donald Trump's refusal to accept defeat was just another example of how he has been breaching basic democratic norms

- According to Obama, Trump's attempt to delay Biden's presidency would certainly have real-world-effects on the US

- Obama said he would scold his own daughter if she refused to concede defeat during sport claiming that the other team has stolen victory

- Trump had gone to court to contest Biden's win claiming he was the bonafide winner and that Biden won by stealing votes

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Former US president Barack Obama has continued to lash out at his successor President Donald Trump in ways he has never done before over his refusal to concede defeat in the November 3 presidential election.

Barack Obama rebukes Donald Trump for frustrating transition of power

Former US president Barack Obama. Photo: Getty Images.
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Obama accused Trump of "unwillingness to cooperate" in assuring a peaceful transition, adding that this was another "example" of schemes used by Trump to "breach basic democratic norms" and hurt Americans.

Speaking to npr.org on Monday, November 16, the former head of state said the frustrations mounted by Trump in preventing Democrat Joe Biden from smoothly ascending to power had what he described as real-world effects.

"I'm distressed that you haven't seen more Republican leadership make this clear, because the amount of time that's being lost in this transition process has real-world effects.
Look, we're in the middle of a pandemic. We're in the middle of an economic crisis. We have serious national security issues," Obama said.

In a separate story, it was reported Trump had moved to court to protest Biden's victory, which he claimed was aided by stolen ballots.

Interestingly, Trump who accrued 73.11 million votes against Biden's 78.689 million, recently tweeted saying "Biden won the stolen election" which he was planning to challenge in court.

Early on Monday morning, Trump once again tweeted he "won the election".

In his remarks, Obama compared his transition period after he won the 2008 election and took over the helm of the country from George. W. Bush, a Republican just like Trump to the current event.

Barack Obama rebukes Donald Trump for frustrating transition of power

US President Donald Trump (pictured). Photo: Getty Images.
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His transition, he said, was made easy by Bush, despite him being his political enemy, and this enabled him to make fast and big strides in stabilising US economy and fighting its enemies, for instance, Osama Bin Laden.

Obama described Trump's actions as a total departure from how he was ushered in to the White House by Bush in 2008.

"For all the differences that I had with George W. Bush, he and his administration could not have been more gracious and effective in working with us to facilitate a smooth transition. I was briefed immediately and this meant we hit the ground running and allowed us to be more effective in our responses," Obama said.

Trump is, however, being accused of blocking information flow to president-elect Biden and also preventing the Democratic Party from accessing funds earmarked to facilitate the transition.

Barack Obama rebukes Donald Trump for frustrating transition of power

US president-elect Joe Biden (pictured). He is expected to be sworn in on January 20, 2021. Photo: Getty Images.
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According to Obama, in a separate interview with CBS, Trump was a temporary public servant like any other and he needed to put the country first and accept that he had lost the election to allow another leader assume office.

"He should put the country first. He is just a public servant occupying an office on a temporary basis. He needs to accept to pave way for transition.
I would still scold such a character, even if it was my daughter if she refused to concede defeat during sports claiming that the other team stole victory," said Obama.

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