Ironic Trump Tweet On Obama Responsibility Surfaces After Russian Bounty Intelligence
Social media users who keep a particular eye on politicians have developed a unique pastime over Donald Trump’s presidential term: finding old tweets in which he accuses President Barack Obama of, or criticizes him for, the same thing Trump is currently doing. Now, there’s a tweet to go with the Russian bounty scandal.
There’s a tweet for everything, the president’s critics on Twitter say. For example, while counting the frequency of Trump’s golf trips, Twitter users shared old tweets in which Trump criticized Obama for golfing, and said that if he was president, he would never play golf, but would be on the job all the time, instead.
Now, Trump is in the midst of another scandal. U.S. intelligence reportedly discovered evidence that Russia was placing bounties on the heads of U.S. troops, putting them at additional risk from Afghan militants. The New York Times reports that this was included in Trump’s briefings, although Trump is denying that he ever heard anything about it.
He’s been claiming that the intelligence wasn’t reported to him because it wasn’t found credible.
Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad!!! https://t.co/cowOmP7T1S
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2020
However, a resurfaced tweet from 2013 shows that Trump specifically criticized Obama for saying that he didn’t have information, saying that the president should take responsibility.
Isn't the WORLD tired of hearing President Obama say he knew nothing about anything-time to take responsibility for all of your mistakes!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2013
Georgetown law professor Carrie Cordero commented on the information Monday, saying that if Trump truly wasn’t briefed, his own actions in forcing out intelligence and national security advisors played a part.
…he constantly tires of his natsec & intelligence advisors and has fired or forced out competent ones. He disdains knowledge, competence & experience. If he wasn’t briefed, the revolving door – at his direction – is not irrelevant.
— Carrie Cordero (@carriecordero) June 29, 2020
According to Politico, House Democrats are getting a briefing today on the intelligence received, after being left out of a briefing for Republicans only on Monday. They hope to learn more details on the intelligence itself and the credibility thereof, and the truth of what the President knew, and why Congress was not also briefed.