Donald Trump has accused former president Barack Obama and his “people” of organizing the demonstrations that have roiled city streets, airports and town halls during the first weeks of his presidency. In an interview with Fox and Friends, aired Monday night on “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, he also suggested Obama and his allies were behind the leaks of classified information from the White House to the press.
Trump was asked by the Fox interviewer whether he believes Obama is involved in organizing protests, including the recent spate of raucous Republican town hall meetings, and “if he is, is that a violation of the so-called unsaid president’s code?”
Fox & Friends: Can we talk about president Obama? You said you personally get along with him. You guys were going at each other for three, four, eight year. It turns out a lot of his people are organizing, do you think he is behind it?
Trump: No, I think he is behind it. I also think it’s politics. That’s the way it is.
Fox & Friends: Bush wasn’t going after Clinton, Clinton wasn’t going after bush.
Trump: Well, you never know exactly what’s happening behind the scenes. You’re possibly right but you never know. But I think President Obama’s behind it, because his people are certainly behind it. And some of the leaks possibly come from that group. You know, some of the leaks, which are really very serious leaks, because they’re very bad in terms of national security, but I also understand that’s politics. And in terms of him being behind things, that’s politics, and it will probably continue.
The president has also said the protesters are paid to go to demonstrations and attend town hall events to harass Republican legislators.
In the last few weeks Trump administration has faced angry protesters in town halls. Demonstrations against Trump’s travel ban have also been staged at various airports of the country.Obama in a statement last month had opposed the travel ban by Donald Trump saying he disagrees over the notion of discriminating against people on the basis of faith or race.
Trump says Obama is “behind” the protests at GOP town halls and leaks coming from the White House pic.twitter.com/HAPhHIEtzU
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