Donald Trump and Barack Obama have not spoken in weeks
The pair have not spoken since shaking hands on January 20 at Mr Tump’s inauguration, other than a failed call from the President to Mr Obama to thank him for the traditional letter left for the successor in the Oval Office.
But the call was not picked up, and relations have crumbled as the current and previous president have become the subject of millions of online memes comparing the two administrations.
And the budding feud has continued after Donald Trump accused his predecessor of illegally tapping his phone in Trump Tower.
Trump and Obama last spoke at the January inauguration
Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian, said the open friction has upended tradition, an “almost unwritten rule that you treat your predecessor with a degree of grace and decorum”.
He said: “There are these kinds of things that have happened in the past, but nothing to the degree where a sitting president would charge his predecessor with a felony.
“It creates a feeling of instability in the United States.”
Donald Trump's awkward visit to the White House Thu, November 10, 2016
President Barack Obama and President-Elect Donald Trump met at the White House to discuss the handover of power.
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NewsMax CEO Christopher Ruddy, a friend of Mr Trump who sees him on weekends at the President’s Mar-a-Lago estate, also said in an interview: “From what I’m hearing, Trump’s people think Obama is at war with them.
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“This President has been under siege since Day One from both the press and Obama loyalists and he’s reacting to it.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that Obama loyalists inside the administration and outside are giving Donald Trump a lot of grief and a lot of problems.”
Obama offered to give advice to Mr Trump in their first meeting
Donald Trump accused the former president of tapping his phone
Obama was livid over the accusation that he bugged the Republican campaign offices
An aide to Barack Obama
The soured relations hit a climax when Trump responded to recent allegations of ties to Russia by tweeting: “How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process.
“This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
And the billionaire’s attacks on Obama continued as Mr Trump responded to a Fox News report yesterday when he incorrectly claimed a number of Guantanamo Bay detainees who returned to the battlefield were released under Obama’s watch – when most were actually released under President Bush.
Trump has launched continued attacks on Obama
He then went on to call Obamacare “a total disaster” and accused the former president of allowing Russia to grow “stronger and stronger” over eight years in office.
But the popular former president is currently keeping a low-profile in his first few months since leaving the White House, and declined to comment on Mr Trump’s allegations.
But an aide told reporters: “He was livid over the accusation that he bugged the Republican campaign offices, believing that Mr Trump was questioning both the integrity of the office of the president and Mr Obama himself."
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