For many years, even into his second term in office, former President Barack Obama blamed much that was wrong in the world on his predecessor, former President George W. Bush.
Now the shoe is on the other foot, and Obama is being blamed by President Donald Trump for the utter “mess” that the world has become, according to The Daily Caller.
Trump’s statement came during a joint press conference Wednesday with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in the Rose Garden of the White House, and was in response to a question about the alleged recent poison gas attack in Syria, which Trump thought was partially due to Obama’s mishandling of the Syrian civil war.
“I have to say that the world is a mess. I inherited a mess,” Trump said, according to RealClearPolitics.
“Whether it’s the Middle East, whether it’s North Korea, whether it’s so many other things, whether it’s in our country, horrible trade deals, I inherited a mess. We are going to fix it. We are going to fix it.”
Fox News reported that Trump pointed to Obama’s inaction after Syrian President Bashar Assad crossed the infamous “red line” by using chemical weapons in 2013 as setting the stage for the most recent chemical weapons attack.
“I think that set us back a long way, not only in Syria but in the rest of the world,” Trump said, adding, “I now have responsibility … and carry that proudly.”
Trump also criticized the manner in which Obama had dealt with North Korea, along with the Iran nuclear deal, two more messes he has been left with but now stands ready to directly address.
To be sure, many in the media will claim that Trump attempted pass the buck to Obama, ignoring the fact that Trump directly stated he now bears the responsibility, while also conveniently forgetting the countless times Obama shifted blame to Bush and never personally accepted responsibility for anything even remotely considered bad.
The world truly is a “mess” that Trump inherited, but whether he can actually “fix it” as claimed remains to be seen.
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