President Donald Trump has doubled down on his criticism of the previous administration, on his claims of surveillance and for their handling of the conflict in Syria.
Trump, in an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, suggested that former national security adviser Susan Rice committed a crime by requesting the identity of his associates caught on surveillance of foreign targets.
"I think the Susan Rice thing is a massive story. I think it's a massive, massive story. All over the world," Trump said, adding that "It's a bigger story than you know, in terms of what other people have done also."
Rice said through a spokeswoman Tuesday, "The allegation is that somehow the Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes," Ms. Rice said. "That's absolutely false."
Additionally, Trump blamed former President Barack Obama himself for the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria, saying in a statement, "These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution.
"President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a 'red line' against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing. The United States stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this intolerable attack."
In 2013, Trump urged Obama not to attack Syria, specifically mentioning his "red line," and maintained a non-interventionist stance during the presidential election.
"Let Syria and ISIS fight. Why do we care?" he told CNN in September, 2015.
In May, 2016 he told MSNBC, "I would have stayed out of Syria and wouldn't have fought so much for Assad, against Assad."
Despite Trump's attacks against him, Obama has not publicly fired back.
"It's not in anyone's interest ... for [Obama] to become the face of the resistance or narrate the Trump presidency," an anonymous source close to Obama told The Hill Thursday.
"He's acutely aware that when he speaks, he sucks up all the oxygen, and that suppresses the next generation of leaders from rising."
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