Former President Barack Obama voiced his optimism that the United States could survive four years of a Trump presidency
but concern about what would happen if it lasted any longer — in an off-the-record chat with reporters held in the closing days of his office.
According to a transcript of the conversation that Bloomberg News was able to get, Obama expressed trust in American institutions to thwart any attempts
by then-incoming President Donald Trump to corrupt them for his own purposes.Four years, in my opinion, is sufficient, Obama remarked.
Take on some water, but we can bail out rather quickly, so we should be fine. That would be an issue—eight years.
A prolonged time during which some of these standards have collapsed and begun to corrode would worry me.