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Obama: Under Trump, Our Adversaries Have Seen Us Weakened

Former President Barack Obama also criticized those Republicans going along with Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud

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Trump talks with former President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2017.
Trump talks with former President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2017.Credit: Rob Carr/AP

Former President Barack Obama, in an interview conducted and aired Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” accused U.S. President Donald Trump of weaking the United States on the world stage.

“Our adversaries have seen us weakened, not just as a consequence of this election, but over the last several years," said Obama. "We have these cleavages in the body politic that they're convinced they can exploit,” Obama told journalist Scott Pelley.

Obama also said he would remind Trump that, as president, he is a public servant and a temporary occupant of the office.

“And when your time is up then it is your job to put the country first and think beyond your own ego, and your own interests, and your own disappointments,” Obama said. “My advice to President Trump is, if you want at this late stage in the game to be remembered as somebody who put country first, it’s time for you to do the same thing.”

Obama also criticized those Republicans going along with Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud.

“I’m more troubled by the fact that other Republican officials who clearly know better are going along with this, are humoring him in this fashion. It is one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally. And that’s a dangerous path,” he said.

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