US President Donald Trump has accused his predecessor, Barack Obama of being behind leaks and demonstrations that have roiled the city streets, airports and town halls during the first weeks of his presidency.
Trump made this remark during an interview with Fox and Friends, which aired Tuesday morning in the United States.
He said that Obama and his allies were behind the leaks of classified information from the White House to the press without presenting any evidence that the former President had a hand in the allegations.
Trump was asked by the Fox interviewer whether he believes Obama is involved in organizing protests, including the recent raucous Republican town hall meetings, and ”if he is, is that a violation of the so-called unsaid president’s code?”
”No, I think he is behind it. I also think it’s just politics. That’s just the way it is,” Trump said in the pre-taped interview, a portion of which was released on Monday night.
”You never know what’s exactly happening behind the scenes… I think that President Obama’s behind it because his people are certainly behind it.”
Republicans and rightwing media outlets have accused the former president of directing the demonstrations through a group called Organizing for Action (OFA), a progressive group that grew out of Obama’s presidential campaigns.
OFA group is chaired by Jim Messina, who was Obama’s deputy chief of staff during his first term and his campaign manager during the 2012 election.
Last week, Republicans faced angry constituents in town halls and district offices around the country. The action follows protests that erupted at airports in response to the Trump administration’s travel ban, which closed the US borders to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
In the same interview with Fox, Trump accused Obama and his cronies of possible involvement in the leaks of information from the White House. Information that included the alleged Russian Links that has caused the firing of Trump’s National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.
”Some of the leaks possibly come from that group,” Trump said in the interview.
”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 it will probably continue.”
It is extremely rare for a former president to criticize his successor while in office but everything about this election and president has not been normal.
Former President George W Bush has gone ahead to lend his two cents on current issues as well.