President Donald Trump said during a Friday morning press conference he would “never forgive” his predecessor, Barack Obama, “for what he did to our military.” Trump claimed the former president made the United States “very unsafe” for Americans.
Trump brought the topic up out of the blue in response to a reporter’s question about former first lady Michelle Obama’s new book, which is very critical of him.
“Oh, Michelle Obama said that? I haven’t seen it. I guess she wrote a book, she got paid a lot of money to write a book, and they always insist that you come up with controversial–”
He went on, “Well, I’ll give you some controversy back. I’ll never forgive him [Barack Obama] for what he did to our United States military by not funding it properly. It was depleted. Everything was old and tired, and I came in and I had to fix it, and I am in the process of spending tremendous amounts of money.”
Trump continued: “So I’ll never forgive him for what he did to our military. I’ll never forgive him for what he did in many other ways, which I’ll talk to you about in the future.”
The president reiterated his point again before taking the next question.
“What he did to our military made this country very unsafe for you and you and you,” Trump said, pointing at reporters.
Michelle Obama doesn’t hold back in her new memoir, “Becoming,” about her family’s experience in the wake of allegations that former President Barack Obama was secretly a Muslim and not an American citizen.
“What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington?” she writes in the book, set for a Nov. 13 release. “What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this, I’d never forgive him.”
The former first lady goes on to describe the president’s so-called birther comments as “crazy and mean-spirited … its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.”
Military spending has been a key focus for Trump before and after his election, with 2018′s soaring defense budget of $700 billion expected to rise even more to $716 billion next year, far more than China and Russia spend on defense.
The two-year defense-spending spike is necessary to return the U.S. military to a superior, combat-ready fighting force, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said earlier this year. Under Trump, the military is also receiving its biggest pay raise in nearly 10 years .