Reporter: Will You Be Like Bush And Not Criticize Your Successor?; Obama: I Will If Trump Breaches “Values or Ideals” I Care About, by Ian Schwartz.
President Obama is asked if he will be like former President George W. Bush and pledge to stay out of politics and not criticize decisions made by his successor. …
At a press conference Sunday in Lima the president … made no promise to not speak up if he feels it to be “helpful” and “necessary” for him to comment on President-elect Trump’s proposals.
“Look, I said before, President Bush could not have been more gracious to me when I came in … I want to be respectful of the office and give the president-elect an opportunity to put forward his platform and his arguments without somebody popping off in every instance,” Obama said.
“As an American citizen who cares deeply about our country, if there are issues that have less to do with the specifics of some legislative proposal but go to core questions about our values and our ideals, and if I think that it is necessary or helpful for me to defend those ideals, I’ll examine it when it comes,” the president said.