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Sanders Touts ‘Friendly’ Relationship With Obama

Bernie Sanders sat down with Spike Lee, one of his supporters, for a discussion published by The Hollywood Reporter.

In it, he talks about his friendly relationship with President Obama, whom Hillary Clinton has said he’s criticized unfairly during the campaign.

“”We have a very positive and, I think, friendly relationship,” Sanders said.

“This president will go down in history as one of the smartest presidents. Brilliant guy. And especially, the more people hear from the Republicans, the smarter they think he is,” he quipped.

“You’re around the media every single day, and you have the opportunity to say dumb things — he does it very, very rarely,” Sanders said, impressed with the President’s discipline and focus.

The Hill reports:

Sanders said Obama campaigned for him in 2006 and he worked on Obama’s elections in 2008 and 2012. But he did note that Obama likely has a closer relationship with his presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.

“Is he closer to Hillary Clinton? I suspect,” he said. “She was his secretary of State for four years.”

Sanders met privately with the president earlier this year. Clinton has criticized the Vermont senator in the past for being too critical of the president.

Obama has declined to endorse a candidate in the primary. But he has regularly praised Clinton, and their close relationship has led to speculation that Obama prefers Clinton.

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