Post announcements that the US justice department decided to drop the case against former security advisor Michael Flynn, former president Barack Obama expressed his concern via Twitter. And true to nature, President Trump lashed out at Obama in over 100 tweets.
Obama had also taken a dig at Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis.
Obama had also, on April 1, criticised Trump’s move to retract the fuel economy standard introduced by the former president. Obama had said that this was a bad move, especially when the world is battling a pandemic that affects the lungs and the respiratory system.
“We've seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can't afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall,” Obama wrote in a tweet.
President Trump retweeted conservative commentator Buck Sexton, who claimed that "the outgoing president used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration." Trump in his retweet wrote, "The biggest political crime in American history, by far!"
Trump's Obama-related tweets were just some of the many comments he posted on Twitter Sunday. He also lashed out at CNN's Brian Stelter and NBC's Chuck Todd via Twitter.
Trump retweeted another tweet by Michael Nothem, which read, "Trump; first President in history with the courage to stand up to China, especially after Obama's disastrous foreign policy. He was too busy spying on @realDonaldTrump. Was Obama the most corrupt President in history?"
When the justice department, last week, dropped the case against Flynn, the Republicans took the opportunity and framed it as an example of a Democrat-manufactured plot to remove Trump from office. The case against Flynn was the key prosecution from Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign, that eventually led to Trump's impeachment.
Flynn had been accused of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia before Trump took office. "The news over the last 24 hours I think has been somewhat downplayed—about the Justice Department dropping charges against Michael Flynn," Obama tweeted. He also said in a tweet, "And the fact that there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free. That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic — not just institutional norms—but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk."
Obama, however, wasn't the nation's only former leader to criticise Trump recently. Former vice president Al Gore, who served alongside former president Bill Clinton, also commented on Trump's handling the virus on Friday.
When Trump announced that he plans to reopen the economy soon, Gore in an interview to CNN said, ”I think we're in grave danger,"
”I think that we are seeing the start of a botched reopening. I think that the President appears to be engaging in magical thinking again. And what I mean by that is, you know, a couple of months ago he said one day it's just going to magically disappear. It seems as if he may be recklessly rolling the dice hoping that he can goose the economy just enough in the third quarter of this year to enhance his reelection prospects,” Gore added.