President Donald Trump believes his predecessor is behind the recent surge of nationwide protests at Republican town halls, in addition to the unprecedented number of White House leaks plaguing his administration.
During an interview with "Fox and Friends" that aired Tuesday, Trump named former President Barack Obama as the person he thinks is responsible for the turmoil.
"I think [Obama] is behind it," Trump said in the interview when asked if he thinks Obama is responsible. "I also think it's politics — that's the way it is."
"I think President Obama is behind it because his people are certainly behind it," the president added.
Republican congressmen are currently facing an uproar of opposition at local town hall events. Some Republicans, such as Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, have blamed paid liberal agitators. Fact-checking websites, however, have labeled the claim unfounded and false.
Still, the disruptions are causing some Republicans to skip planned town halls in an effort to avoid the liberal agitators. Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio said over the weekend that he would no longer participate in town halls because all protesters will do is "heckle" and "scream" at him.
"What these groups really want is for me to schedule a public forum, they then organize three, four, five, six hundred liberal activists in the two counties or wherever I am in the state," Rubio said.
However, Trump doesn't think it's just Obama behind the demonstrations. He also stated that the remaining parts of the Obama administration and Obama supporters are behind the "very serious" leaks coming from the White House, which have aimed to hurt Trump's administration.
"And some of the leaks possibly come from that group," Trump said, citing Obama and his supporters. "You know, some of the leaks, which are really very serious leaks because they're very bad in terms of national security."
"I think it will continue," Trump went on to explain. "I'm not really surprised because I understand the way the world works."
In the initial weeks of Trump's presidency, there has been an unprecedented number of leaks over interagency disputes, Trump's tense phone calls with world leaders, discussions between Trump and top advisers, national security information, among other topics.
The leaks, some believe, are calculated moves to make Trump and his administration look inept. Others say Obama holdovers are most responsible, while others still say a "shadow government" — the entrenched D.C. bureaucracy is at fault.
No matter the source, senior White House staff are trying to tighten the reins on their subordinates. Reports over the weekend indicated that White House press secretary Sean Spicer is cracking down on the leaks by taking measures such as random cell phone checks of White House staffers overseen by White House attorneys.
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