Obama was asked about a photo of Trump with him in the Oval Office after the 2016 presidential election during his interview with “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert.
Colbert said he viewed that moment as “chilling” because he “perceived, in that moment, the dignity of the office — or rather the trappings of dignity — and status that…rightly falls upon the person who holds that office in that moment.”
He added that he had “an emotional flash of all the ways that could be abused over the next four years.” Colbert then asked Obama if he shared a similar feeling.
Obama responded, “Yeah, it was a concern.”
Then asked if the concerns were “born out over the next four years,” Obama said, “Exceedingly.”
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In November of 2016, Obama welcomed Trump to the White House. Obama told Trump at the time, “If you succeed, the country succeeds.”
Obama weighed in after Election Day, previously saying he “absolutely” believes it is time for Trump to concede.
“My advice to President Trump is if you want at this late stage of the game to be remembered as somebody who put country first, it’s time for you to do the same thing,” Obama said during a CBS “60 Minutes” interview.