After President-elect Donald Trump tweeted his discomfort with “inflammatory” statements and “roadblocks” imposed by the White House, President Barack Obama phoned his successor. Trump described the exchange:  “We had a very nice conversation.” Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, today, “We had a general conversation.”
 
In a statement,. White House spokesman Eric Schultz also described the conversation, "Today’s call, like the others since the election, was positive and focused on continuing a smooth and effective transition." He added, "The president and president-elect committed to staying in touch over the next several weeks and agreed their respective teams would continue to work together to effectuate a smooth transition of power on January 20th."
 
Trump has condemned Obama’s decision to abstain from a key vote in the United Nations regarding Israeli settlements on the West Bank area of the Jordan River. By failing to exercise its veto power in the UN Security Council, the U.S. allowed a resolution to go forward that declares the settlements illegal. Obama’s abstention has complicated the already rocky relationship between Israel and the US. 
 
For his part, Trump wrote on Twitter yesterday, “Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.” “Thought it was going to be a smooth transition -- NOT!”
 
Trump has taken unprecedented steps as president-elect, having had personal contacts with foreign leaders in advance of his inauguration and also commented on multi-million dollar government contracts. He has also promised that the Trump administration will be friendly to Israel, which he has long described as America’s closest ally in the Middle East.


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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