Regardless of Trump’s own long history of calling former President Barack Obama a “weak” leader on Thursday morning he went after Army leaker Chelsea Manning for his critical words about Obama’s leadership style. “Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Terrible!” Trump had seemingly been inspired by Manning’s new Guardian column lamenting how often Obama compromised on his progressive vision. But upon further examination, it becomes clear he hadn’t read the column and instead tweeted in response to a Fox News segment. A Fox & Friends segment’s chyron used the exact words “Ungrateful Traitor” while host Abby Huntsman characterized Manning as having described Obama as “weak”—a word never actually used by the former Army intel officer.
14 minutes apart: Fox says "ungrateful traitor," Trump says "ungrateful traitor," Fox says "weak leader," Trump says "weak leader." pic.twitter.com/f7urTOUG1L
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 26, 2017