In a twitter post, Donald Trump, the U.S President-elect, refused any suggestion that he would have not been able to take on Barack Obama if he had the current President run again.
In an interview with his former aide, David Axelrod, the out going U.S president, Barack Obama, suggested that if he was allowed to run for term, he could have won the election.
In his reaction, Mr. Trump tweeted:
“President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me. He should say that but I say NO WAY! – jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc.”
The President, who will leave the White House in January to make way for Mr Trump, said he believed he could win based on the view that Americans still subscribe to his vision and ideas.
Mr Obama said: “I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilised a majority of the American people to rally behind it.”
Billionaire businessman Mr Trump, who beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in a bitterly fought campaign, shot down any threat from Mr Obama.
Returning to social media following a brief interlude to celebrate Christmas, Mr Trump also took aim at the United Nations.
The New Yorker chided the United Nations as “sad,” just days after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements despite pressure by the US president-elect for a veto by Washington.
He said: “The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!”
It comes as Mr Obama prepares to leave the White House.
On Christmas Day he said it had been the “privilege of my life” to serve as US commander in chief and promised his continued gratitude and commitment to service members and their families during a Christmas Day visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
He said: “Although this will be my last time addressing you as president, I want you to know that as a citizen, my gratitude will remain, and our commitment to standing by you every step of the way, that won’t stop.”