There is certainly no love lost between former President Barack Obama and current President Donald Trump, but the two have largely refrained from confronting one another head-on.
This is likely due to the desire to keep things as stately as possible, particularly as the liberal left continues to struggle against the bombastic tendencies of Trumpian politics. Obama was built to play the game as it has been played for decades, and Trump’s arrival in DC flipped the table.
On Monday, the two Presidents did have some friction, however, after Obama attempted to downplay Trump’s economic success by taking credit himself.
The Trump campaign fired back Monday after former President Barack Obama, in a subtle swipe at President Trump, claimed credit for the economic gains in both their terms.
Obama tweeted Monday morning to note the anniversary of his signing the 2009 economic stimulus package.
“Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history,” Obama tweeted, alongside a photo of his signature on the bill.
The White House hit back:
But the Trump campaign, in a statement to Fox News, countered that the economy is only recovering because of the actions Trump took to undo his predecessor’s policies.
“President Trump reversed every single failed Obama-era economic policy, and with it, reversed the floundering Obama/Biden economy,” Trump campaign national press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said. “Obama and Biden orchestrated the worst economic recovery in modern history.”
This economic spat is likely to continue well into the 2020 election, particularly as a yet-to-be-determined Democratic nominee is forced to face off again Trump on the debate stage.
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