President Donald Trump blamed former President Barack Obama for the wave of protests around the country, and suggested he might also be responsible for the leaks coming from within the White House in an interview with Fox News on Monday.
A clip from the interview aired Monday night on “Tucker Carlson Tonight”; the full interview will air Tuesday morning on “Fox and Friends.”
In it, Trump is asked if he thinks Obama is orchestrating the protests and noisy crowds attending town-hall meetings around the country since Trump took office. “I think he is behind it. I also think it’s politics,” Trump said. “You never know what’s exactly happening behind the scenes, you never know.”
“I think President Obama is behind it because his people are certainly behind it,” Trump said. “And some of the leaks possibly come from that group.”
The White House has dismissed the protests — many of which have voiced opposition to repealing the Affordable Care Act — as the work of professional organizers and paid agitators, but has not presented any evidence to support those claims. A recent report by the Wall Street Journal suggested most of the opposition was organic, coming together in grass-roots efforts much like the Tea Party did within the Republican Party almost a decade ago.
The White House has also previously suggested — again, without evidence — that Obama loyalists within the government have been leaking sensitive information to sabotage Trump’s agenda.