The unveiling of the Barack Obama presidential portrait has been put off indefinitely after Obama has said he’s not interested in attending while President Donald Trump is president.
Some in the press blamed Trump for refusing to hold the traditional event, but it now appears that Obama is responsible for the cancellation as tensions mount between the two leaders.
Trump has frequently blamed Obama for the lackluster economy he inherited and more recently said that Obama’s budget cuts and neglect contributed to a lack of PPE and ventilators in the emergency stockpile needed for the coronavirus response.
Until recently, Obama stayed out of the political fray and rarely responded to Trump’s accusations, but last week Trump began to say that Obama was guilty of criminal activity while in the White House.
Because it was OBAMAGATE, and he and Sleepy Joe led the charge. The most corrupt administration in U.S. history! https://t.co/PTzFvvITh3
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020
Normally, ex-presidents and current ones don’t criticize each other too much, but we all know Trump isn’t a business as usual president. He’s been railing for years about Obama being corrupt, but until recently he didn’t have as much to back it up.
Now, there are questions around why Obama’s administration told the FBI to hide its investigations from Trump, and just how involved Obama was in the Michael Flynn investigation that led to a coerced guilty plea and then an exoneration (but for a liberal judge that still thinks Flynn should pay for being a Trump loyalist).
Finally, Attorney General William Barr had to step in and say that he didn’t think Obama or Biden would face any criminal charges for their involvement in the Flynn case, which should help calm everyone down a bit.
Can Trump and Obama play nice?
Still, it seems that neither Trump nor Obama have it in them to play nice right now. Obama has declared his intentions to help his VP get elected in November despite a sexual assault allegation and apparent mental decline, while Trump is battling a pandemic along with Biden.
Add to that the fact that Obama was complicit or worse in efforts to destroy his successor, while Trump is accusing him of criminal activity, and you’ve got the latest powder keg in Washington D.C.
As usual, Trump is pretty much on his own in taking on his predecessor, but that doesn’t stop him from being a potential one-man wrecking ball to Obama’s already wobbly legacy.
It ought to be an interesting few months as the story plays itself out before a mostly liberal media that will undoubtedly take sides in an increasingly biased way.