Obama administration officials slam Warren: 'Condescending narcissist'
Former members of the Obama administration leveled criticism at Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) during an interview with Politico Magazine, reflecting lingering acrimony over her work to found the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
In interviews with Politico Magazine, former administration officials called the now-presidential contender a “condescending narcissist,” “sanctimonious,” and a “professional critic.”
“She loved herself and some of her staff had a God view of her and that’s not aligned with government and bureaucrats which require teamwork,” one former Obama administration official said of Warren.
The divide between former President Obama’s team and Warren stemmed from Warren’s demands that she be put in charge of the CFPB, a position she did not get, according to the publication.
In meetings with both Obama and other administration officials, Warren reportedly made clear that she would keep up regulatory scrutiny of the Treasury Department as part of her senatorial role were she not confirmed to the post.
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“I took it as a message, I think she meant it as one,” former White House adviser David AxelrodDavid AxelrodMark Cuban says he’s decided not to run for president The Hill’s Campaign Report: Senate map shows signs of expanding The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Trump touts reopening as virus fatality forecasts trigger alarm MORE told Politico of Warren’s comments.
Warren’s former team members, for their part, also had acidic criticism for both the former president and members of his team: “Obama called the bankers fat cats once and spent seven years feeling bad about it,” one former Warren aide told Politico.
“The Treasury [Department] crew especially thought they were the smartest guys in the room and the attitude was ‘We’re saving the world, what the f— do you want with us?’ ” another former Warren staffer told the news outlet.
Warren, seen as one of the more progressive members of the 2020 field along with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), has remained a top-tier contender for the Democratic nomination ahead of Thursday’s debate in Houston.
Thursday’s contest will mark the first time Warren and Sanders have been onstage together with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, who has strongly defended Obama policies and who has pushed a more centrist platform in his own run for the White House.