During the transition, in what looks like hindsight a preview of the presidency, a Trump aide had the idea to print the detailed checklist of Obama’s campaign promises from the official White House website to be reused as sort of a successful list, according to two people familiar with the effort.
“This is personal for Trump; it’s about President Obama and the demolition of his legacy. It is his obsession, “said Omarosa Manigault Newman, a veteran of the” Apprentice “and, until his sudden departure, one of the few black officers in Mr. Trump’s west wing.” President Obama will not be able to rest as long as Trump is breathing. “
Mr. Trump nodded unconditionally.
As the transition dragged on, Obama felt increasingly uneasy about what he saw as the carefree indifference of the new president and his inexperienced team. Many of them ignored the briefers of the briefing that his staff had meticulously produced in his direction, recalled Obama’s former helpers, and instead of concentrating on the politics or functioning of the west wing, they asked for information on the quality of the tacos in the basement chaos or where to find a good apartment.
As for Mr. Trump, “he had no idea what he was doing,” Obama told an aide after meeting the Oval Office.
Jared Kushner, son-in-law of Mr. Trump and intimate adviser made an equally indelible impression. During a tour of the building, he asked abruptly, “So how many of these people hang around?”
The answer was none, his escort replied. (West wing officials serve the President’s pleasure, as Mr. Trump would amply illustrate in the coming months.)