For years the left has joked that Republicans will blame Barack Obama for everything. From blaming him for policy decisions made during the Bush administration, to some Louisiana conservatives even blaming him for the response to Hurricane Katrina, it became a running joke among many liberals to sarcastically say, “Thanks, Obama!” whenever something bad happened.
Obviously, this was going to be a tradition Donald Trump brought along with him in his administration. Being someone who never takes the blame or admits he was wrong about anything, I knew the moment he was “elected” that Trump would fault President Obama for anything negative that occurred during his time in office.
The basic formula we’re going to see during Trump’s time living at the White House is this:
- Anything positive he’s going to try to take credit for — even if he had nothing to do with it.
- Anything negative he’s going to blame on anyone and everyone (usually the Obama administration) but him.
So much for the party of “personal responsibility.”
It’s sad millions of people don’t see right through this. Then again, that’s what happens when a good chunk of this country cares more about believing what they want to be real as opposed to what is real.
In a true testament to Trump blaming Obama for his own mistakes, it seems the new talking point being pushed by the White House is that their hiring, and quick dismissal, of disgraced former top national security adviser to Trump, Michael Flynn, is actually Obama’s fault — not theirs.
“My only point is when General Flynn came into the White House, he had an active security clearance that was issued during the Obama administration with all the information that’s being discussed that occurred in 2015,” Spicer told reporters Thursday when asked about Flynn receiving money from foreign groups in 2015.
“Why would you rerun a background check on someone who was the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency that had and did maintain a high-level security clearance?” he later asked.
For those of you who might not know, Flynn worked for the Obama as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012-2014. Though he was fired after just about two years on the job for too many clashes with high-ranking members of the former president’s administration.
Let me get something straight, Trump’s stance that he wasn’t incompetent in choosing Flynn to be his top national security adviser is that there was no need to vet him because his security clearance had been approved by the Obama administration last year?
There’s quite a bit of “stupid” here, so let me break some of it down.
Okay, it’s true that Flynn’s clearance was renewed last year by the Obama administration. Though as Bloomberg points out, Flynn did inform the government about his 2015 trip to Moscow to speak at the state-run propaganda “news” network RT’s annual event. They also noted that Flynn briefed the Defense Intelligence Agency before his 2015 trip, and did so again when he returned. Bloomberg also made sure to mention that renewing clearance for someone like Flynn is fairly routine and not out of the ordinary. The issue here is that when he did all of this, he didn’t disclose the payments he received.
Should he have disclosed the fact he was paid by a foreign government? Of course. Should the Obama administration have possibly looked into all of this better before renewing his clearance? I think so. It’s also important to point out that all of this occurred before the Russian hacking story had taken off and intelligence officials were aware that the Kremlin was behind the cyber attack against the 2016 election.
Furthermore, none of that has to do with the fact that, during the height of the election last Fall, Flynn was paid $530k for work he did that benefited the Turkish government. Payments he received not only long after his security clearance had been renewed, but while he was working for Trump’s campaign.
Even if you want to “fault” Obama’s administration for renewing his clearance last year, that has nothing to do with the payments Flynn was receiving while working as a foreign agent for Turkey’s government that he “retroactively disclosed” just a few weeks ago.
So trying to blame Obama for Trump choosing Flynn as his top national security adviser is an absolute joke. Sure, they could have done a better job at vetting his 2015 trip to Moscow, but that doesn’t excuse Trump for apparently not vetting Flynn — at all. Especially considering, as we found out very recently, after his clearance was renewed, he was essentially working for the Turkish government during the election.
Furthermore, Flynn wasn’t removed from his position within the Trump administration over these payments, it was because he allegedly lied to the vice president about what he discussed during his phone calls with Russia on the day President Obama issued sanctions against the Russian government. Only now that Congress is investigating Trump’s Russia ties are they finding out about a lot of these possibly illegal behaviors by the current administration’s former top national security adviser.
But the bottom line is it doesn’t really matter whether or not the Obama administration renewed Flynn’s clearance.
There’s absolutely no excuse for Trump or his associates to have not properly vetted Flynn before choosing him as the administration’s top national security adviser. Trying to blame the Obama administration for their own piss-poor job of looking into his background is just another example where Trump refuses to admit any fault, or take any blame, for something that’s entirely his fault. Nobody made him choose Flynn for such an important national security position, nobody made his campaign or transition team too ignorant to notice that he had been working as an agent for the Turkish government during the 2016 election. and nobody made them defend him even after it was revealed that he lied about what he spoke to Russian officials about after Obama issued the sanctions against Russia in response to their hacking of the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
That all falls 100 percent on Donald J. Trump — no matter how many other people he tries to blame for his own ignorance and incompetence.
Watch Spicer’s comments below via CNN: