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Trump's Fued With Obama Just Got More Intense

The “feud” pitting the Trump administration against former President Obama’s loyalists is reaching “unprecedented” proportions, according to The Hill.

The news site reported that on Wednesday, Trump accused his predecessor’s national security adviser of breaking the law. The former official, Susan Rice, has admitted she sometimes asked intelligence agencies to identify people who were surveilled “incidentally” during investigations targeting others. Some of those whose names Rice wanted reportedly were Trump associates. However, she insists that she never “unmasked” anyone or leaked secret government information.

Trump wasted no time in citing Rice’s actions as proof that the Obama administration surveilled his campaign team. “I think it’s going to be the biggest story,” the president predicted in an interview with The New York Times. “It’s such an important story for our country and the world. It is one of the big stories of our time.” The comments brought a terse reply from Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration. He argued that slamming Rice “for doing what countless officials of both parties have done is authoritarianism,” adding that the “media shouldn’t enable this garbage.”

The Hill noted that the Rice controversy is just the latest rift between the Obama and Trump teams. The current administration blames Obama officials for leaking information about Russia’s attempts to influence last year’s presidential election. Multiple reports indicate that a number of Trump associates had contacts with representatives of the Russian government during and after the campaign. The intelligence committees in the House and Senate are holding hearings to determine whether Russian meddling affected the election outcome, and whether the Trump campaign was in collusion. The FBI is conducting a criminal probe of the scandal, which some congressional Democrats believe will lead to prison sentences for some of the president’s associates.

The Trump and Obama camps also have been at odds about the Affordable Care Act, which the president repeatedly promised to “repeal and replace” during his campaign. Republican leaders in the House have been unable to get enough votes to pass replacement legislation.

Source: The Hill
Photo: BBC News

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