"I don't know", he told aides. "They can just have a cartoon". And German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who The Times said ran for another term in order to "defend the liberal worldwide order" in the era of Trump, shed a tear in her final meeting with Obama - after which Obama sighed: "She's all alone", as a wave of populism permeated global politics on the heels of Brexit and Trump's election.
Obama agreed to fly to London after Cameron's chief of staff, Ed Llewellyn, now ambassador to Paris, emailed Rhodes appealing for a presidential visit, pointing out that the polls were finely balanced and Obama had an approval rating in the United Kingdom of over 70%. According to Rhodes' account, Obama was also taken aback by the racial connotations of the attack from Johnson, who three months later would become foreign secretary, in the wake of the Brexit victory. The conversation would have taken place as Trump was taking centre stage in the presidential campaign, and it is claimed Obama responded: "Not really ..."
"She's all alone", Obama said after a post-election meeting with Merkel, according to Rhodes' book.
However, the White House was anxious about possible Russian influence on the election.
It notes, for instance, that Obama did his best to cheer up his aides in the days following the election.
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Angela Merkel reportedly had a tear in her eye after her final meeting with Barack Obama.
Ben Rhodes was the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications for the Obama White House and was also an adviser on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran.
I couldn't shake the feeling that I should have seen it coming. Obama did not impose sanctions on Russian Federation in retaliation for the meddling before the election because he believed it might prompt Moscow into hacking into Election Day vote tabulations. 'Because when you distilled it, stripped out the racism and misogyny, we'd run against Hillary eight years ago with the same message Trump had used: She's part of a corrupt establishment that can't be trusted to bring change'.
Obama did impose sanctions after the election but Rhodes' suggestion that the targets include President Vladimir Putin was rebuffed on the theory that such a move would go too far.
"There is no secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences", he said. The passages paint the picture of a devastated White House in shock over the election result and reveal the range of emotions Obama endured through the transition period. "That character has always been part of the American story".