Former President Barack Obama said this week that he “expected” President Trump to be a “one-term” president.
“I did not expect Donald Trump to be elected,” Obama told Spanish newspaper El Pais while promoting his newly released memoir A Promised Land. “What I did expect, though, was that if he was elected, it’d be one term. I was right about that.”
Obama had predicted that Trump “would never” be president during an appearance on a Jimmy Kimmel Live! segment in 2016.
Obama also lamented Trump’s contesting of the presidential election results, pointing out that he called Trump to congratulate him on election night in 2016 and attempted to ensure a peaceful transition.
“Peaceful transfer of power between parties is part of what makes a democracy work,” Obama said. “We didn’t delay for weeks on end pretending that it hadn’t happened.”
Obama also criticized Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in the interview,