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White House Watch: No Chance For a Smooth Transition?

Trump Blasts Obama, Says Smooth Transition Not Possible
President-elect takes issue with outgoing administration's Israel policy

President-elect Donald Trump (L) talks after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama (R) in the Oval Office Nov. 10. Trump on Wednesday slammed Obama and said a smooth transition is not possible. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images file photo)

Updated as of 5:29 p.m. | The United States might not have such a civil transition of power after all.

Donald Trump, set to be sworn in on Jan. 20, used his preferred form of communication — Twitter — to slam outgoing President Barack Obama on Wednesday for what he sees as overly critical statements.

Rouhani Warns Trump Not to Rip Up Iran Deal
Iranian president says the nuclear pact should stand

President-elect Donald Trump called the Iran nuclear agreement a “disaster” and “the worst deal ever negotiated,” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the United States of repercussions should President-elect Donald Trump follow through on his promise to rip up the global nuclear deal.

During a televised speech at the University of Tehran on Tuesday, Rouhani referred to Trump and President Barack Obama explicitly, promising to act if the U.S. pulls out of the nuclear pact or tries to extend the Iran Sanction Act, Reuters reported.

World Reacts to Trump
Some are shocked, some say the U.S. is getting what it deserves

Israel's Haaretz newspaper proclaimed that Donald Trump had completed his "hostile takeover" of the Republican Party. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

With Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dropping out of the presidential race and Donald Trump becoming the Republican Party's presumptive nominee, the world reacted with a bit of surprise and some chiding.  

In Germany, the left-leaning Die Tageszeitung's  headline translated to “unpleasant truths,” with the subhead: “Although it is hard to bear: Trump deserves this result. And the Republicans will get what they deserve.”  

Biden Trip Won't Include Mideast Peace Push

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (L) will meet separately with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. during his Mideast trip. (Photo by CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)

There will be no attempts to secure a final-year Middle East peace pact when Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. meets with Israeli and Palestinian leaders next week.  

Biden will depart Washington for the region Saturday night for a week-long trip during which he will meet with U.S. allies in Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and the West Bank. The White House on Friday, however, advised against expecting major progress toward an ever-elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace pact.  

Office Space: Bob Casey's Presidential Suite

Casey is Roll Call's guest on Office Space this week. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., shows off his office’s historical ties and explains his collection of Pittsburgh Steelers memorabilia.