Richard Haass: Obama's Hand-Off To Trump Is Worse Than What Bush Left Him

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President Obama's farewell address to the American people is a mere hours away, so the kind folks at Morning Joe are trashing him in epic fashion. The Council on Foreign Relations, spokesman Richard Haass joined Joe in painting the foreign policy 'catastrophe' that Trump is inheriting as worse than what President Obama was handed by Bush 43.

HAASS: You've got an inbox that's going to greet Donald Trump on January 20th after he gets sworn in, that's as difficult as any inbox that's greeted any American President in living memory.

SCARBOROUGH: More difficult than the one that greeted Barack Obama?

HAASS: Yes, in part because of what Barack Obama did and didn't do. Barack Obama's hand-off is considerably worse than the world he inherited. I think when history is done writing about Barack Obama, he is going to be criticized more for things he didn't do, in particular in the Middle East.

SCARBOROUGH: That's probably shocking to a lot of people that are watching right now that you're saying his hand-off to Donald Trump is actually worse than George W. Bush's to Barack Obama.

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