February 28, 2017 12:22 pm
Updated: February 28, 2017 12:41 pm

Donald Trump says ‘Obama is behind’ recent protests

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U.S. President Donald Trump says he believes former president Barack Obama is behind some of the protests against Republican lawmakers across the country.

In an interview with Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends that aired Tuesday, Trump responded to a question about the protests, saying, “I think that President Obama is behind it, because his people are certainly behind it.”

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He added that he thinks Obama loyalists are also behind White House leaks.

“I also understand that’s politics. And in terms of him being behind things, that’s politics. And it will probably continue.”

Trump said he’s not surprised because he’s in the process of  “changing things that (Obama) wanted to do.”

Trump bragged that he’s tougher than Obama in terms of his efforts to deport anyone living in the country illegally.

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The president also denied that there’s a “major leak process” at the White House following reports that White House press secretary Sean Spicer targeted leaks from his own staff.

In the same interview, Trump responded to a Politico report which claimed Spicer convened an “emergency meeting” after details of a planning meeting got out, and conducted a “phone check” to prove they hadn’t been leaking information.

Trump said he “would have handled it differently than Sean. But Sean handles it his way and I’m OK with it.” The president specified that “Sean Spicer is a fine human being,” but added “I would have gone one-on-one with different people.”

Trump also acknowledged that there remains hundreds of unfilled jobs in his administration, but says “they’re unnecessary to have.”

“I say, ‘What do all these people do?’ You don’t need all those jobs.”

Trump also said that some are looking to criticize him for eliminating those positions, but he adds, “That’s not a bad thing. That’s a good thing. We’re running a very good, efficient government.”

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