President Donald Trump welcomed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton the ‘field of battle’ on Wednesday night, shortly before the two prepared to open fire on his presidency during their speeches at the Democratic National Convention.
The president tweeted a video that accuses Obama and Clinton of spying on him and setting up his administration to fail.
‘Welcome, Barack and Crooked Hillary. See you on the field of battle!,’ he wrote.
The video, which runs about 100 seconds, news reports on the ‘unmasking’ – or naming – of officials who requested information about Michael Flynn, Trump’s pick for National Security Adviser who eventually resigned that position and charges there was ‘political spying’ on Trump’s 2016 campaign.
President Donald Trump welcomed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton the ‘field of battle’ on Wednesday night, shortly before the two prepared to open fire on his presidency during their speeches at the Democratic National Convention
In excerpts of their speeches to the Democratic convention, neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton hold back in criticizing Donald Trump’s lack of qualifications to be president
President Trump tweeted a video that argued Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama spied on his campaign, Trump has used an FBI counterintelligence probe into his 2016 campaign to argue there is a ‘deep state’ working against him
One of the officials who requested the unmasked name of Michael Flynn in the final days of the Obama administration was Joe Biden, the then vice president
The video Trump tweeted promotes his argument there is a ‘deep state’ working against his presidency – a theory he has promoted but offered no proof of
One of the officials who requested the unmasked names in the final days of the Obama administration was Joe Biden, the then vice president. Unmasking is a common process and is used by administration officials in both parties to help them determine the credibility of information in reports they are reading.
In the video Trump tweeted, the footage and images are heavily edited together with various voice overs – some of which don’t identify who makes the charge of political spying by the Obama administration. Dramatic music and sound effects are weaved into the narrative.
‘The Obama administration is bitter and wanted to do whatever they could to undermine the incoming Trump administration,’ charges one voice. ‘An outgoing president and vice president and a Washington Post columnist and the FBI setting up an incoming administration. Wow. That’s a real conspiracy. And no one wants to talk about it,’ says another.
The FBI launched a counterintelligence investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign to see if Russian agents were trying to influence the election. Special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between Russia and Trump campaign officials. But Trump has used the probe to claim there is a ‘deep state’ working against his presidency.
And his attack on his predecessor in the Oval Office and his 2016 campaign rival comes after the the Democratic Party released excerpts of the speeches Obama and Clinton will give on Wednesday night, where neither Democrat holds back in criticizing Trump’s ability to be president.
Obama will unleash on the man who followed him into the Oval Office, charging him with ‘no interest’ in putting in the work to be president and using the presidency as a ‘reality show’ to gain attention.
Clinton, who won the popular vote but lost the electoral college in the 2016 election, won’t mince words in her remarks either.
‘I wish Donald Trump had been a better president. But, sadly, he is who he is. America needs a president who shows the same compassion, determination, and leadership in the White House that we see in our communities,’ she’ll say.
She’ll urge people to vote, telling them they don’t want another ‘woulda coulda shoulda election.’
‘For four years, people have said to me, “I didn’t realize how dangerous he was.” “I wish I could go back and do it over.” Or worst, “I should have voted.” Well, this can’t be another woulda coulda shoulda election,’ she will say in a live speech from her home in Chappaqua, New York.
In his remarks, given at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Obama will deliver his harsh assessment of Trump while calling Joe Biden the man to lead the country ‘out of dark times.’
He’ll vouch for his ‘friend’ and ‘brother,’ former Vice President Joe Biden, while casting President Trump as a man who has never taken his job seriously or done it well.
‘He’s shown no interest in putting in the work, no interest in finding common ground, no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends,’ Obama will say in remarks to the virtual Democratic National Convention. ‘No interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves.’
Clinton and Obama are following a formula set by other speakers during the first two nights of the Democrats’ virtual convention – attacking Trump’s ability to handle the presidency while touting Biden’s credentials.
President Trump told reporters at the White House he was standing there because of Obama and, if the former president had done a better job, he wouldn’t have run.
‘President Obama did not do a good job. And the reason I’m here is because of President Obama and Joe Biden, because if they did a good job, I wouldn’t be here,’ he said at his Wednesday press conference when asked about Obama’s remarks.
‘Probably if they did a good job I wouldn’t have even run. I would have been very happy. I enjoyed my previous life very much, but they did such a bad job that I stand before you as president,’ he added.
President Barack Obama will address the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night from Philadelphia where he will make a personal plea to Americans to vote for his former vice president, Joe Biden, and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris
‘For four years, people have said to me, “I didn’t realize how dangerous he was.” “I wish I could go back and do it over,” Hillary Clinton will say in her speech to the Democratic convention
Former President Barack Obama will speak from the Museum of the American Revolution Wednesday night as part of the virtual Democratic National Convention
Satellite trucks and security started to be set up Tuesday outside the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Associated Press confirmed Wednesday that the museum was the site of Obama’s speech
Obama, in his speech, will recall the time he spent with both men who will be on the ballot this November.
‘I have sat in the Oval Office with both of the men who are running for president,’ Obama will say.
He will admit that he never believed Trump would continue Obama-era policies.
‘I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care,’ Obama plans to say.
‘But he never did,’ the remarks continue.
Like his wife said on Monday night, Obama will argue that Trump is incapable of handling the presidency.
‘Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t,’ Obama plans to say.
‘And the consequences of that failure are severe. 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone. Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before,’ he goes on.
Obama will cast Biden as a good man and a strong leader.
‘Twelve years ago, when I began my search for a vice president, I didn’t know I’d end up finding a brother,’ Obama will say. ‘Joe and I came from different places and different generations. But what I quickly came to admire about him is his resilience, born of too much struggle; his empathy, born of too much grief.’
The former president will talk about how Biden treats every person he meets ‘with respect and dignity.’
The point has been made throughout the week at the virtual DNC featuring Biden, in one video, and his decade-long friendships with Amtrak employees.
‘Over eight years, Joe was the last one in the room whenever I faced a big decision. He made me a better president. He’s got the character and the experience to make us a better country,’ Obama will say.
Biden officially earned his party’s nomination during a virtual roll call vote Tuesday night.
The city and venue are significant in a number of ways.
The museum is just blocks away from Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, as well as the Liberty Bell.
Philadelphia was where Obama gave one of his most important speeches: when he talked about race when he ran for president in 2008.
President Obama gave one of his most consequential speeches of his Democratic primary fight against Hillary Clinton in 2008 in Philadelphia, where he spoke about race in America
President Obama will say in his speech he sat with both men in the Oval Office – he met with President-elect Trump on November 10, 2016
Then-President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office in January 2015
Hillary Clinton is seen waving to supporters on the last night of her 2016 campaign in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
President Obama (left) appeared with 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (right) on the last night of the 2016 campaign at an outdoor rally in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, just blocks away from where he’ll address the 2020 DNC
Joe Biden (left) and Jill Biden (right), a Philadelphia native, greet throngs of supporters in Philadelphia in May 2019 as the former vice president kicked off his presidential campaign
Philadelphia was also the site of the Democrats’ convention four years ago.
And Obama appeared alongside Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and his wife Michelle, on the eve of election night in 2016, at a packed, outdoor rally on the campus of Independence Hall.
The move suggested the Clinton campaign knew Pennsylvania would be important.
It was the state that put President Donald Trump over the line.
Four years later, Biden – a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania – based his campaign in Philadelphia, which is just one Amtrak stop away from his adopted hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
His kick-off speech was delivered in Philadelphia’s downtown.
And Biden’s wife, Jill, is from the city.
After Obama speaks Wednesday night, Sen. Kamala Harris will accept the vice presidential nomination live from Wilmington, to be followed by Biden at the same venue on Thursday night.