December 12, 2016

THE UNICORN RIDER'S APPRENTICE:

Barack Obama, Donald Trump Forge an Unlikely Rapport (PETER NICHOLAS and  CAROL E. LEE, Dec. 9, 2016, WSJ)

Mr. Obama views Mr. Trump as a pragmatic figure with no hard ideological leanings, aides said. The president's conversations with Mr. Trump are largely aimed at trying to preserve pieces of his legacy that his successor's administration might be looking to dismantle.

Mr. Obama has walked Mr. Trump through the details of some of his most noted foreign-policy achievements. He outlined to him the agreement with Iran aimed at restraining its nuclear program and what, in his view, are the pitfalls of backtracking on it. In one 45-minute phone call, Mr. Obama detailed what he sees as the upsides of maintaining U.S. relations with Cuba, the re-establishment of which has been one of Mr. Obama's top priorities.

The president also has advised Mr. Trump on how to prioritize some of the challenges he will face beginning next month. Mr. Obama told Mr. Trump, for instance, that North Korea will be the biggest foreign-policy threat with which he has to contend, people familiar with the conversation said.

Mr. Trump seemed to signal that he had heard the advice when, during a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, he called on China to rein in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Posted by at December 12, 2016 7:23 AM

  

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