President Donald Trump on Friday jabbed at former First Lady Michelle Obama over her soon-to-be-released memoir in which Mrs. Obama writes she will "never forgive" Trump for his part in the racist "birther" conspiracy theory that targeted her husband.
In her memoir, Becoming, Mrs. Obama savaged Trump for fueling false rumors that the 44th president was not born an American citizen.
"The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks, Mirs. Obama writes in her book. "What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? 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.”
Mrs. Obama knocks Trump's entire presidential bid as a form of "grandstanding," adding that Trump's brand can be summed up as "I can hurt you and get away with it.”
The president went into a tirade against the Obamas Friday morning.
"She got paid a lot of money to write a book and they always expect a little controversy," Trump said of Mrs. Obama.
Trump then aimed his fire at former President Barack Obama, saying:
"I'll give you a little controversy back, I'll never forgive him for what he did to our US military. It was depleted, and I had to fix it...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."
Trump did not specify what the "many other ways" are.
Watch the president's remarks below:
Responding to Michelle Obama memoir, in which she writes that she'll "never forgive" Donald Trump for his birther c… https://t.co/Q2ihbr8Zaq— tomorraw.com (@tomorraw.com)1541785340.0
Trump was blasted, for the comment, as some reminded him of Obama's actual military accomplishments:
Trump on Obama: "What he did to our military made this country very unsafe for you and you and you." Reminder: Oba… https://t.co/1ck6Asyh72— Peter Alexander (@Peter Alexander)1541775060.0
Trump slamming Obama for depleting the military? Yet many Trump supporters always say "why does the US have to get… https://t.co/G3CYBLgHhf— Ryan (@Ryan)1541789606.0
Not to mention Trump's own hypocrisy on the issue.
@shaeburks @ABC trump is afraid to visit the troops.— Joe D (@Joe D)1541777597.0
@ABC Once again, using the military as his political prop. Gross!— Lola Griffith (@Lola Griffith)1541778346.0
We are spending more now on our military than ever before, a trend that has transcended presidencies.
@ABC Dafuq? The DoD has consumed like half the federal budget since WW2. It’s like our country has an enormous tape… https://t.co/FKHHVLNsvv— Yuri, capped at 174 followers. (@Yuri, capped at 174 followers.)1541776268.0
His bitter narcissism is showing, as is his grudge against Obama.
@ABC @TheView I believe that Trump seriously lacks the actual cognitive ability to process how his actions negatively affect others.— Eichy of The Valley (@Eichy of The Valley)1541776246.0
@Eichy815 @ABC @TheView Good point.— Roy Phillips (@Roy Phillips)1541776736.0
@antiquelove1234 @ABC I totally forgot about that— R:) (@R:))1541781118.0
Let's not forget which party was in charge for most of Obama's presidency - Trump's GOP.
@mrbillburr @ABC @TheView No! The answer is No! The troops are merely fodder for the Congress to funnel monies to… https://t.co/FEXJx22H1J— Adrienne 🌊 (@Adrienne 🌊)1541779147.0
@ABC Hmm...I thought the Republican controlled Congress was responsible for passing the budget🤔— Avery (@Avery)1541783786.0
Others are simply sick of Trump's non-stop whining. And his unpresidential behavior.
@leggyone2 @ABC All I can say God Bless is all, and is sad how 🇺🇸 has so much drama in the White House everyday.— Janira Gonzalez (@Janira Gonzalez)1541789490.0
Trump is flat out lying about Obama, but no one is surprised.
@JamilSmith For this reason alone, I can’t see how any proud, sane black person or any person of color for that mat… https://t.co/BPmIv7fS7u— Ron (@Ron)1541782490.0
@vantoinettew @JamilSmith Twitidiot! Perfect!— Sheri R. Vigil (@Sheri R. Vigil)1541781932.0
After insulting: @AprilDRyan, @Acosta, @MichelleObama and @BarackObama. Trump said: "You have to treat the White H… https://t.co/Gmscf2TpZq— Ryan Knight 🏳️🌈🗽 (@Ryan Knight 🏳️🌈🗽)1541782791.0
.@realDonaldTrump Michelle Obama says she’ll never forgive you for your birther movement, which she says endanger… https://t.co/U9P2HZRONU— Jason Overstreet (@Jason Overstreet)1541776096.0
Unlike Trump, Mrs. Obama is highly revered.
@BooneMordecai @JamilSmith https://t.co/1Js6Lemh5O— FLYING BLACK ADONIS (@FLYING BLACK ADONIS)1541781620.0
@JamilSmith @maggieNYT Mrs. Obama is a beautiful woman with such grace and strength. I believe she will continue to… https://t.co/g2SWUw4qkU— Flabbergasted (@Flabbergasted)1541781933.0