Trump campaign criticizes tweet by former President Obama claiming he made the economy what it is now

Former president Barack Obama talks during a panel with NBA players Chris Paul, Kevin Love and Giannis Antetokounmpo and sports analyst Michael Wilbon in Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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The Trump campaign recently fired back at former President Barack Obama after he appeared to claim credit for the booming economy. In a statement Monday, a top campaign official said the economy is only recovering because of actions President Trump took to undo his predecessor’s policies.

“President Trump reversed every single failed Obama-era economic policy, and with it, reversed the floundering Obama/Biden economy,” Kayleigh McEnany, Trump campaign national press secretary, told Fox News reporters.

This comes after former President Obama took to Twitter noting the anniversary of his signing the 2009 Economic Stimulus Package.

The Trump campaign added that by deregulating, lowering taxes and supporting free market policies, President Trump has created the hottest economy on record. This is a fact Vice President Mike Pence has continued to stress.

“I hope you have figured out already American manufacturing has never had a greater champion in the Oval Office than President Donald Trump,” he stated. “And we’re going to keep working every day, not just earn your confidence, but to give you confidence to invest, to give you the confidence to know that this is a president that believes in growth.”

The Trump campaign added that by contrast Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden orchestrated the worst economic recovery in modern history.

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Obama admin. tried to meddle in several criminal probes

FILE – In this April 6, 2019, file photo, former President Barack Obama attends a town hall meeting at the ‘European School For Management And Technology’ (ESMT) in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn. File)

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Democrats were quick to criticize President Trump’s words about the Roger Stone case this week. However, many have seemingly forgotten that former President Barack Obama involved himself in several criminal probes during his two terms in office.

In 2009, Obama faced backlash across the country after he criticized Massachusetts police for the arrest of Harvard Law professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. The former president, without a full briefing on the case, stated police had acted stupidly for arresting the black man and insinuated officers were guilty of racial profiling. He was later forced to apologize after learning the whole story.

“My hope is that, as a consequence of this event, this ends up being what I call a teachable moment,” stated Obama. “All of us, instead of pumping up the volume, (should) spend a little more time listening to each other.”

At a press conference in 2013, he unexpectedly weighed in on the shooting of Travyon Martin while the trial was still underway.

“When Travyon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son,” he said. “Another way of saying that is, Travyon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”

Despite his apparent attempt to influence the trial, the jury chose to acquit the suspect.

FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama address the participants at a summit on climate change in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Later that year, Obama was caught in the crosshairs again when he stated military members convicted of sexual harassment should be dishonorably discharged.

“Not only is it a crime, not only is it shameful and disgraceful, but it also is going to make and has made the military less effective than it can be,” he said.

A U.S. Navy judge went on to rule that Obama had committed “unlawful command influence” as commander in chief. The former president’s words later caused the conviction against a marine sergeant to be dropped because the court was worried the president’s stance would sway sentencing.

Obama also downplayed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email scandal in 2015. During an interview, he said he believed Clinton’s breach of policy did not pose a national security problem. He added he “didn’t get an impression” from Clinton she was purposefully trying to hide something.

“Hillary Clinton is and has been an outstanding public servant,” he said. “She was a great Secretary of State for me.”

Obama’s decision resulted in James Comey’s takeover of the investigation, in which Comey decided there was no basis for criminal indictments in the case. This came after the former administration prosecuted others for having classified material on their private computers.

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Trump admin. rolls back Obama-era restrictions on U.S. military use of land mines

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, left, and Italian Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini take part in a joint press conference on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

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The Trump administration is rolling back restrictions on the military’s use of land mines. On Thursday, President Trump cancelled the Obama-era policy, which has been banned by more than 100 countries.

The decision reversed a 2014 policy that limited the use of explosive devices to the Korean Peninsula. The new rule will apply to “advanced, non-persistent” landmines that are “specifically designed to reduce unintended harm to civilians and partner forces.”

In this undated photograph released Aug. 19, 2018 by the state-run Emirates News Agency (WAM) on behalf of the Saudi-funded Masam anti-mine operation, an unidentified de-miner uncovers a mine near Marib, Yemen. (WAM via AP)

During Thursday’s press conference with his Italian counterpart, Defense Secretary Mark Esper called land mines an important tool for military forces.

“Landmines are one of very many other important tools that our commanders need to have available to them on the battlefield to shape the battlefield and to protect our forces,” stated Esper. “At the end the day, we want to make sure that we have all the tools in our toolkit, that are legally available and effective, to ensure our success and to ensure the protection of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.”

He went on to say the administration’s policy is a part of the president’s commitment to ensure “our forces are able to defend against any and all threats.”

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President Trump says Democrats are ignoring that Obama held aid from several countries, including Ukraine

U.S. President Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump, right, arrive at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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President Trump blasted Democrat lawmakers, following their opening statements in day two of the Senate impeachment trial. He took to Twitter Thursday to state that their arguments, specifically those of lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff’s, were full “lies and misrepresentations.”

During Wednesday’s hearings, Schiff called President Trump’s decision to withhold foreign aid to Ukraine funds highly unusual.

“It was President Trump himself who originally authorized additional financial military assistance to Ukraine in 2017 and 2018, without reservation,” said Schiff. “Making his abrupt decision to withhold assistance in 2019, without explanation, all the more surprising to those responsible for Ukraine policy.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., accompanied by the impeachment managers House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. speaks to reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

However, President Trump said that Schiff, along with his colleagues, are refusing to state that the Obama administration withheld aid from many countries in an effort to side-step the fat that the measure is common practice for presidents. He further noted that Obama withheld aid to several countries undergoing political strife, including Ukraine as well as Pakistan, the Philippines, Egypt, Honduras and Mexico.

This comes as President Trump maintains there was no pressure in his communications with Ukraine and gave this explanation on releasing aid to the country:

“That’s the whole case right there. There was no pressure whatsoever. I do say two things: we have to check corruption and we also have to find out why is it that the United States is always giving foreign countries money.”

The president concluded his Thursday tweet, noting that the Democrat impeachment efforts are a “witch hunt!”

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Obama’s former doc says Biden ‘not a healthy guy’ after reviewing medical info: Report

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One of President Obama's former doctors reportedly disputed a letter released by former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign in which the former vice president's own doctor praised the 77-year-old presidential candidate as a "healthy, vigorous" man.

“He’s not a healthy guy,” said Dr. David Scheiner, who previously served as Obama's physician. According to the Washington Examiner, Scheiner read Biden's medical history and said the presidential candidate "has a lot of issues."

“He’s not in bad shape for his age, but I wouldn't say he’s in outstanding health. Could I guarantee he won't have issues for the next four years? He has a lot of issues that are just sort of sitting there," Scheiner said.

Scheiner previously told the Examiner that Biden "looked frail" during the first Democratic primary debate. "I sort of got the feeling he wasn’t very strong. It was similar to the feeling I got when Republicans started attacking Mueller so fiercely," he said.

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Dr. David Scheiner and former Vice President Joe Biden. (Getty/AP).

Dr. David Scheiner and former Vice President Joe Biden. (Getty/AP).

Questions about Biden’s health and age have repeatedly come up since even before the former vice president declared his candidacy in April. In September, Biden committed to publicly releasing his medical records before the Iowa caucuses, to try and put to rest concerns over whether he was fit enough to take on President Trump in a general election campaign — and whether he would be up to the rigors and stress of serving as president.

On Tuesday, the Biden campaign released a statement from Dr. Kevin O'Connor, who served as White House physician to Biden for several years.

"Vice President Biden is a healthy, vigorous 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency, to include those as chief executive, head of state and commander in chief,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said.

In his report, O’Connor said that Biden is currently being treated for non-valvular atrial-fibrillation, better known as Afib, which is an irregular heartbeat. He said Biden is also being treated for hyperlipidemia, which is an abnormally high concentration of fats or lipids in the blood, as well as gastroesophageal reflux, a digestive disorder that occurs when acidic stomach juices, or food and fluids, back up from the stomach into the esophagus. And he noted that Biden – as many Americans do – suffers from seasonal allergies.

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“For these, he takes three common prescription medications and two common over-the-counter medications,” O’Connor said.

His report listed Biden's weight as 178 pounds and his height as 5 feet, 11.65 inches.

Biden's campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.

Scheiner also commented on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's health. Bloomberg, also 77, threw his hat into the 2020 race late and provoked speculation that he thought 2020 frontrunners like Biden couldn't cut it.

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Bloomberg previously released his medical history with his doctor describing his health as "outstanding."

“'Outstanding health'? With that history, I wouldn’t call it outstanding health,” Scheiner said, referring to the description as "hyperbole."

Bloomberg's doctor had disclosed that the former mayor was receiving treatment for arthritis and heartburn. The letter added that Bloomberg takes a blood thinner to treat atrial fibrillation and another medication to control his cholesterol.

Fox News' Paul Steinhauser and Kelly Phares contributed to this report.

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Obama: Women ‘indisputably better’ as leaders, ‘old men’ get in the way

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Former President Barack Obama has reportedly made the case that women should be in charge across the globe, calling them 'indisputably' better than men. The 'Outnumbered' panel reacts.

Former President Obama seemed to knock his own gender on Monday, telling an audience that women would make the world a much better place if they dominated the ranks of political leadership.

"Now women, I just want you to know; you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you're better than us [men]," he said, according to the BBC.

"I'm absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything… living standards and outcomes."

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Obama famously won the 2008 presidential election after defeating future Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the primary contests. The former president later appointed her as his secretary of state and reportedly saw her as a better candidate than former Vice President Joe Biden for continuing his legacy.

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"If you look at the world and look at the problems, it's usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way," Obama also said during Monday's event in Singapore.

"It is important for political leaders to try and remind themselves that you are there to do a job, but you are not there for life, you are not there in order to prop up your own sense of self-importance or your own power."

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Obama has long praised his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama. For example, he's said staying married to her was one of his greatest accomplishments. He also praised her performance as first lady and claimed that she "upgraded" him.

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Biden campaign acknowledges ‘pain’ caused by Obama-era deportations

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Former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign attempted to respond to other Democrats' criticisms of former President Obama's deportations when rolling out Biden's immigration plan on Wednesday.

“Joe Biden understands the pain felt by every family across the U.S. that has had a loved one removed from the country, including under the Obama-Biden administration,” his campaign wrote.

It added that the country "must do better to uphold our laws humanely and preserve the dignity of immigrant families, refugees, and asylum-seekers."

Biden's fellow Democratic candidates have used his former boss's deportation record as an attack line in an attempt to knock the frontrunner down a peg. Last month, Biden was confronted by a protester who cited Obama's massive number of deportations.

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“You should vote for Trump. You should vote for Trump,” Biden told the protester at the time. He also refused to apologize following a similar confrontation in June.

Biden's campaign has positioned his immigration plan as a stark contrast to President Trump, with priorities that include ending family separations at the border, rolling back Trump’s travel limits on citizens from certain Muslim-majority countries and providing a path to citizenship for about 11 million people in the U.S. illegally, including immediately shielding immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children from deportation.

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While speaking in Las Vegas, Biden promised to spend "literally, a billion dollars a year" on stabilizing Central American governments and economies, a reference to his proposal to spend $4 billion in four years to help those nations.

The former vice president also pledged to enforce existing asylum law by reversing the Trump administration’s moves that have made claiming asylum extremely difficult and end the national emergency that Trump has declared to divert Pentagon funding to the construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Biden joins progressive senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, along with South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as Democratic White House hopefuls promising to close for-profit detention centers. The U.S. government contracted for such facilities under Obama, drawing criticism from civil rights groups at the time. But the practice has gained new scrutiny under Trump’s hard-line approach to immigration, especially his administration’s practice of separating families in the facilities.

Fox News' Danielle Wallace, Nick Givas, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Eric Holder, once Obama’s ‘wingman,’ now calling out Barr for loyalty to Trump

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Eric Holder, who headed the U.S. Justice Department under former President Barack Obama, penned a column late Wednesday in which he calls Attorney General William Barr an unfit successor due to "nakedly partisan" actions and loyalty to President Trump.

Barr has been a favorite target of Trump critics since becoming attormey general in February following the departure of Jeff Sessions. Barr's detractors see him as a high-ranking enabler of the president who may use the department to serve Trump's personal and political interests.

In an interview with Fox News earlier this year, Barr said he was ready for the criticism.

His supporters, however, see Barr as a major player in determining the origins of what became the Russia investigation. The White House and Republicans in Congress say they want to know more about why the FBI decided to investigate the Trump's 2016 campaign's possible ties to Moscow — what Trump has often called a partisan “witch hunt.”

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Writing in The Washington Post, Holder's criticism of Barr is wide-ranging. He points to a comment Barr made last month at a Federalist Society event, asserting that Barr made the "outlandish suggestion that Congress cannot entrust anyone but the president himself to execute the law."

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"This is a stunning declaration not merely of ideology but of loyalty: to the president and his interests," Holder writes. "It is also revealing of Barr's own intent: to serve not at a careful remove from politics, as his office demands, but as an instrument of politics — under the direct 'control' of President Trump."

Attorneys general and their relationship with presidents have long been closely watched. Kris Olson, a former U.S. attorney in Oregon, wrote about the close relationships that usually hang in the balance. A president can remove his attorney general at will, but the person is "also intrinsically tied with the politics of the administration."

Holder, in 2013, did not hide his closeness with Obama. During a radio interview, he called himself Obama’s “wingman.”

"I’m still enjoying what I’m doing, there’s still work to be done. I’m still the president’s wingman, so I’m there with my boy. So we’ll see," Holder told Tom Joyner's radio show, according to Politico.

Critics quickly seized upon Holder's term "wingman" because the attorney general is traditionally considered a role independent of the president — even though the job holder is appointed by the president.

Continuing in the Post, Holder writes about his initial reluctance to go public with his criticism of Barrr but adds he is in a unique position where his voice is needed. He says Barr's actions "demand a response from someone who held the same office.”

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Holder also writes that he was infuriated as he watched Barr comment on the ongoing John Durham criminal investigation into the origins of the FBI probe into Trump’s 2016 campaign. Barr, at the time, said he thought "spying occurred" by the government into the Trump campaign and then, according to The New York Times, clarified that he was "concerned" it occurred.

Holder warns that Durham could see his good reputation meet the same fate as Barr’s — becoming "irrevocably lost."

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