There are protests being held at Republican town halls all across the United States, and President Donald Trump believes that ex-president Barack Obama is the brains behind all of them. Trump has also accused Obama as the one who is behind all of the leaks coming from his administration.
The president made the remarks during an interview on the "Fox & Friends" show on Fox News. The news network released a short snippet of the interview showing Trump making those remarks prior to its airing on Tuesday. Trump was asked about Obama and what his role is in the Republican protests being staged all across the country. The president responded by saying he believes that Obama "is behind it."
"No I think that President Obama's behind it because his people are certainly behind it", Trump said. He also accused the former president for the leaks that have occurred in his administration.
According to the Independent, President Trump had previously blamed the protests that were taking place across the country, including in Tennessee, Utah, and Kentucky, on liberal activists. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said that some of the protests appear to be "manufactured."
According to the Guardian, many Republicans and rightwing media outlets have accused Obama of directing the protests through an organization called Organizing for Action (OFA), a progressive group that came to be through Obama's presidential campaigns. The group is being led by Jim Messina, who was the deputy chief of staff for the Obama administration during his first term, and later served as his campaign manager during the 2012 presidential elections.
Despite their leader's past ties with Obama, there is no evidence to suggest that the former president is involved with them in any way. It is quite rare for a president to accuse and criticize his predecessor while he is still in office, but Obama spoke out against Trump's controversial travel ban last month.
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