It’s perhaps the question that will never have a definitive answer, but in some parallel universe whereby Barack Obama could run for a third term as United States president how would he have fared against current president-elect Donald Trump? Obama says he is confident he would have won.
The president sat down with former White House adviser David Axelrod and revealed that he has enough support from those voters who have twice elected him to the position to secure their votes for a third time.
“I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilised a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” Obama says in the interview.
As you might expect, the president-elect Donald Trump had an opposing opinion and quickly took to social media to share it.
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“President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me. He should say that but I say NO WAY!” he wrote on his Twitter account.
Trump says Obama’s poor record of achievement would have stopped him from taking the office a third time and used jobs leaving the US, the ongoing threat of Islamic State and Obama Care as his examples.
While Obama was outspoken against the president-elect in the lead up to the election in November, he has not had much to say on things since the businessman secured victory. Perhaps this is to ensure a smooth transition into the White House in early-2107.
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