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Barack Obama Breaks Silence on President Donald Trump--Sort, Of
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18 May 2017 03:25 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Barack Obama meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in2016 (Image Source: Public Domain)

Here's what Barack Obama really thinks of President Donald Trump.

He didn't hold back on his words when he spoke out about the 45th President of the U.S. last November, according to a new report via PEOPLE. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama are gracing the cover of this week's issue. It talks about the couple's new lives away from the spotlight and out of the White House.

So, what does Barack Obama reportedly think of Donald Trump? He told two of his friends that Trump is "nothing but a bulls----er" while shaking his head. He described an election night phone call with Trump, in which Trump suddenly had "respect" and "admiration" for Obama. That was not always the case since he openly slammed Obama for years.

Those two friends spoke to PEOPLE for its new cover story on Obama and his wife Michelle. The couple also speaks out about adjusting to life outside the Oval Office. The two friends quoted Obama's blunt view of President-elect Trump at the time. Has Obama's opinion on Trump gotten better? Well, not necessarily.

"Well," one of the friends said, "it hasn't gotten any better."

A third source revealed to PEOPLE that Barack Obama can't believe what has happened in the first 100 days since Trump took office. But, he also feels a sense of pride for his fellow Americans. He's glad that citizens have been taking action ever since Trump moved into the White House.

"He's deeply concerned with what he's seen," the source said. "But he's also optimistic and heartened that citizens aren't just watching it happen but engaging with neighbors and elected representatives at town halls."

Obama has been careful about not violating the unwritten code of conduct among former presidents that prevents them from criticizing who's currently serving in the White House. Obama's long-time friend and political strategist David Axelrod says that he has a lot of respect for Trump. He also respects his former position of president, but he also believes that former presidents should not openly comment on every decision the next president makes. He also mentioned how George W. Bush never criticized Obama when he was in office.

"Obviously, this is now a unique set of circumstances, but my sense is that he's going to try and respect that tradition while reserving the right to speak out in given moments when things rise to that level," Axelrod added.

The former first lady, Michelle Obama, has campaigned ruthlessly against Trump last fall. But, she did so in a way that was respectable. She even uttered the famous words, "When they go low, we go high." She also has not publicly shared her thoughts about him and his presidency. It's likely that Michelle won't speak out about the president or his first lady, Melania Trump. Last December, she joked to visitors that she will start wearing mourning attire that she called "the black series."

"I'm going all black for the next couple of years," she joked.

Of course, citizens want to know what Barack and Michelle Obama are thinking. They have been waiting impatiently for their input. But they're sticking to tradition of respecting the current president no matter what happens. And they will continue to quietly remark behind his back, and hope that U.S. citizens will continue to stand up against Trump.

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