Before Donald Trump won the presidency, Democratic foreign policy circles hummed with talk that an outgoing President Barack Obama could take a last stab at peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. There also was a strong expectation that Obama would push hard for Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
But now that they’re on the verge of power, Trump aides say Obama shouldn’t even think about taking such steps.
“On big, transformative issues where President Obama and President-elect Trump are not in alignment, I don’t think it’s in keeping with the spirit of the transition … to try to push through agenda items that are contrary to the president-elect’s positions,” a Trump national security adviser told POLITICO on Thursday. “It’s not going to be just counterproductive, but it will also send mixed messages.” …
[F]oreign policy practitioners in Washington and overseas are unusually worried about the Obama-to-Trump handover, a reality that many had dismissed as impossible until it became clear late on Tuesday that the Republican would defeat heavily favored Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.