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Donald Trump on Barack Obama: 'He won't admit it but he likes me'

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 7/02/2017 Tom Powell
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Donald Trump has claimed his predecessor Barack Obama likes him even though he publicly slammed him and questioned the legitimacy of his presidency for years.

The controversial president revealed in an interview with Fox News that he thinks Mr Obama is a secret admirer.

Mr Trump previously led the birther movement which accused Mr Obama of being born outside the US and therefore not a legitimate president. He also derided Mr Obama's healthcare legislation as a "disaster".

But when asked by presenter Bill O’Reilly about their now seemingly amicable relationship, he replied: “It’s a very strange phenomenon; we get along.

“I don’t know if he’ll admit this but he likes me. I like him.”

When asked how he knew, Mr Trump said: “Because I can feel it. That’s what I do in life. It’s called, like, ‘I understand’.

“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 into the car and we drive down Pennsylvania Avenue together, we don’t even talk about it,” he said. “Politics is amazing.”

“We talked about the country, we talked about the future of the country. I asked him about what you think our biggest problem is and he told me.”

In the interview, aired on Tuesday, Mr Trump also claimed that Mr Obama fought more for his election rival Hillary Clinton than she did herself.

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