Hint: it’s not his fault.
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During a Feb. 16 news conference, President Donald Trump defended his administration’s rocky first month in office by telling reporters he “inherited a mess” from former President Barack Obama:
As you know, our administration inherited many problems across government and across the economy. To be honest, I inherited a mess. It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess. Jobs are pouring out of the country; you see what’s going on with all of the companies leaving our country, going to Mexico and other places, low pay, low wages, mass instability overseas, no matter where you look. The Middle East is a disaster. North Korea — we’ll take care of it folks; we’re going to take care of it all. I just want to let you know, I inherited a mess.
“Don’t believe the main stream (fake news) media. The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it,” he wrote on Twitter two days later.
So, did he inherit a mess? Politifact did a very thorough fact-check of what is essentially a subjective claim, but noted that, at the very least, Obama’s economic policies when he took office in 2009 had helped avoid another Great Depression.
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Since Donald Trump was inaugurated, thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest his administration and policies. Many congressional Republicans attending town hall events for constituents have also encountered people angry they are not doing more to oppose the new president’s actions and policies. But Trump says the opposition against him is entirely manufactured.
Writing on Twitter, he blamed “professional anarchists” and “paid protesters” for the street demonstrations and said in an interview with Fox News that President Obama was orchestrating the whole thing.
“I think President Obama’s behind it, because his people are certainly behind it,” he said.
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