President Donald Trump slammed Chelsea Manning on Twitter early Thursday, referring to her as an “ungrateful TRAITOR,” after the ex-Army intelligence analyst, who leaked classified documents, wrote an op-ed criticizing former President Obama.
The criticism comes days after Obama cut 28 years from Manning’s 35-year prison sentence for releasing classified documents, according to Fox News.
Manning was convicted of leaking the documents in 2013 and sentenced to 35 years in prison.
The former soldier took to The Guardian on Thursday in a column that openly criticized President Obama.
“Unfortunately, despite [Obama’s] faith in our system and his positive track record on many issues over the last eight years, there have been very few permanent accomplishments,” Manning wrote.
Manning went on to highlight other people’s criticisms of Obama, saying he’s been accused of being “too weak, or too soft or too sympathetic.”
“The one simple lesson to draw from President Obama’s legacy: do not start off with a compromise,” Manning wrote.
Trump called Manning out in a tweet for speaking against Obama and said she should have never been commuted, CNN noted.
Manning’s column also comes after she took to Twitter last week to thank Obama for her commutation.
Obama commuted Manning’s sentence in the final week of his presidency, which some criticized him for due to the severity of the crime.
Manning was convicted of stealing and leaking 750,000 pages of documents and videos, CNN reported.
Prior to Trump’s inauguration, Obama’s former administration released a statement, saying Manning is set to be released from prison on May 17.
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