Mapping Donald Trump's feelings about Barack Obama is a wild ride. First, Trump famously spent years trying to undermine the legitimacy of Obama's presidency, citizenship and birth certificate. Since being elected president, Trump has described POTUS 44 in much more favorable terms, and recently revealed that he's pretty sure Obama likes him (opens in new tab). But now, Trump is accusing Obama of orchestrating protests against him.
"I think he is behind it," Trump said during a Fox and Friends (opens in new tab) interview that aired this morning, when asked about the protests. "I also think it's politics. That's the way it is."
"I think that President Obama's behind it because his people are certainly behind it," he added. "And some of the leaks possibly come from that group, you know, some of the leaks—which are very serious leaks, because they're very bad in terms of national security." Trump seemed pretty sanguine about the whole thing, because he "understands that's politics." Needless to say, he provided no evidence to support his accusation.
It's not clear whether Trump still believes that Obama is secretly his friend. But on balance, given what we know about Trump's business practices, it actually makes total sense that he wouldn't see liking someone and going against them as mutually exclusive concepts.
Emma Dibdin is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles who writes about culture, mental health, and true crime. She loves owls, hates cilantro, and can find the queer subtext in literally anything.
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