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White House: Obama’s Ability to Criticize Trump Expired on Election Day

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked about President Obama’s criticisms of Donald Trump during the 2016 election and, specifically, his claims that Trump wasn’t ready to be President.

“The opportunity to make those arguments and put forward that kind of assessment expired on Election Day,” Earnest told the reporter.

Obama has said since the election that when he leaves office, he will weigh in on issues when appropriate – a sharp break from tradition. Most past president refrain from public commentary aftering leaving office in an effort to give the current president latitude and out of respect for the office.