Donald Trump says he has earned former President Barack Obama’s respect, saying that they have buried the hatchet after last year’s heated White House race.
“It’s a very strange phenomenon,” he said on Fox News’s “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday. “We get along. I don’t know if he’ll admit this but he likes me.”
“I like him because I can feel it,” Trump added of his predecessor. “That’s what I do in life – it’s called like, I understand.”
Trump said he had mended ties with Obama following the latter’s support of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
About Obama, Trump said:
“Now we had a rough campaign and he was fighting better for Hillary than she did. He was vicious during the campaign toward me, and I was vicious toward him. We said horrible things about each other and then we hop in the car and we drive down Pennsylvania Avenue together [and] we don’t even talk about it. Politics is amazing.”
Trump then revealed Obama considers “a military problem with a certain place” America’s greatest challenged, adding the former leader was not referencing China.
“I said, ‘What would you say the number one, two and three problems are,’” Trump recounted. “And the number one problem that he felt – I was a little bit surprised, but I fully understand why he said it.”
“I can’t do that, I can’t do that,” he added when Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly urged him to reveal Obama’s specific concern. “I don’t think [Obama] would mind if I said it, [but] I don’t want that particular place to know that that’s the way he or I feel.”