President Donald Trump on Friday lashed out at his predecessor after White House reporters asked him to respond to former first lady Michelle Obama’s sharp criticisms about his promotion of the so-called birther movement.
“The whole thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks,” Michelle Obama wrote in her forthcoming memoir.
“What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.”
As Politico notes, Trump pushed the widely-debunked theory beginning in 2011 that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, rather than in Hawaii, and was therefore ineligible to be president.
Trump was asked Friday morning to respond to the former first lady’s criticism.
“I’ll never forgive him for what he did to our United States military by not funding it properly,” Trump said. “It was depleted, everything was old and tired, and I came in and I had to fix it, and I’m in the process of spending tremendous amounts of money. So I’ll never forgive him for what he did to our military. I’ll never forgive him for what he did in many other ways, which I’ll talk to you about in the future.”
When asked about Michelle Obama's new memoir, President Trump slammed Mr. Obama over military funding: "I'll never forgive him for what he did to our United States military by not funding it properly…What he did to our country made this country unsafe." https://t.co/nVLieDPCSp pic.twitter.com/BTcDrgiq35
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