US President Donald Trump has cited his predecessor, Barack Obama, to suggest that Democrats are not really concerned about Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The New York billionaire took to Twitter Tuesday to quote Obama’s remarks from a White House press conference in October 2016 amid mounting pressure against his administration over possible collusion with Russia.
“’There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections, there’s no evidence that that has happened in the past or that it will happen this time, and so I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and make his case to get votes,’” he wrote in a tweet, citing Obama.
He further argued that Obama made such comments because he assumed that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would emerge victor.
“The President Obama quote just before election. That’s because he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win and he didn’t want to ‘rock the boat,’” Trump said in a second tweet. “When I easily won the Electoral College, the whole game changed and the Russian excuse became the narrative of the Dems.”
The president, who is a great fan of Fox News, has apparently come up with the idea after watching a show on the infamous media outlet.
“Thank you to @foxandfriends for the great timeline on all of the failures the Obama Administration had against Russia, including Crimea, Syria and so much more. We are now starting to win again!” Trump wrote.
The president argued Monday that Obama who was in office amid the 2016 vote should have done something about Russia’s alleged intervention.
“Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election. So why didn’t he do something about Russian meddling?” he tweeted.
The president and his associates have been under increased pressure since Friday, when special counsel Robert Mueller released an indictment in the ongoing Russia probe.
The investigation seeks to find out whether the Russian government coordinated with Trump’s aides after the intelligence community’s conclusion that the Kremlin helped with the New York billionaire’s campaign effort ahead of winning the White House, an allegation dismissed both by Moscow and the president.
According to Mueller’s indictment, the Russians “primarily intended to communicate derogatory information about [then-Democratic candidate] Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump.”