Thursday, January 26, 2017

Trump blasts Manning as an "ungrateful TRAITOR"

Fox News reports that Donald Trump tweeted this morning,
“Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!”

President Trump ripped leaker Chelsea Manning as an “ungrateful TRAITOR” on Thursday after the ex-Army intelligence analyst penned a newspaper op-ed critical of former President Obama – the man who cut 28 years off Manning’s prison sentence.

Obama on Jan. 17 commuted Manning’s 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified documents, the most-high profile in a slew of clemency decisions that came near the end of his White House tenure. Manning, convicted of leaking classified documents, is now set to be released on May 17.

But that didn’t stop Manning from writing a Guardian column on Thursday pining for “a strong and unapologetic progressive to lead us.”

“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,” wrote Manning, who added that Obama’s detractors have criticized the former president for being “too weak, or too soft or too sympathetic.”

Manning wrote: "The one simple lesson to draw from President Obama’s legacy: do not start off with a compromise."
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