I'll never forgive Obama for destroying the military and making America unsafe, says Trump in response to Michelle Obama’s memoir
Donald Trump addressed reporters while he departed the White House for a meeting with world leaders in Paris and launched an attack against Barack Obama
Michelle Obama has held little back in her upcoming memoir 'Becoming,' which is scheduled to release on Tuesday, November 13. The former first lady has addressed a host of issues ranging from suffering miscarriages to going to marriage counseling with Obama to how she would "never forgive" president Trump for constantly bringing up the birther movement that claimed her husband was born in Kenya.
The last of those seem to have struck a nerve with the current president, who launched a scathing attack of his own on his predecessor for "what he did to our United States military." As Trump left the White House on Friday for a gathering with world leaders in Paris, he said he had not seen the excerpts from 'Becoming' that had been made public but promised to give "a little controversy back."
"I haven't seen it. I guess she wrote a book. She got paid a lot of money to write a book," he told gathered reporters, according to the Daily Mail. "And they always insist you come up with controversial — well I'll give you a little controversy back,' he said. 'I'll never forgive him for what he did to our United States military by not funding it properly."
"It was depleted. Everything was old and tired," the president continued his rant, yelling over the sound of Marine One running behind him. "And I came in, and I had to fix it, and I'm in the process of spending tremendous amounts of money, so 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," he continued. "What he did, because you talked about safety, what he did to our military made this country very unsafe for you and you and you."
Trump's rebuke comes after ABC released some of the excerpts from 'Becoming' this past week. Michelle had launched a series of attacks at the current president, writing how she assumed he had been "grandstanding" when he announced his presidential run in 2015 and that she was shocked and tried to "block it all out" when it emerged that he had won the race in November 2016.
She had also termed the constant birther conspiracies surrounding her husband as "crazy and mean-spirited," singling out Trump for advocating it and writing, "What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls?” she wrote, according to ABC News. “Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this, I’d never forgive him."
Michelle also criticized Trump over the Access Hollywood tape where he could be heard talking about women and saying he can "grab em' by the p****," and said she was surprised that so many women in the country would choose a "misogynist" over "an exceptionally qualified female candidate" in Hillary Clinton.
A press release about her ongoing book tour reads, "Mrs. Obama's honest reflections on the experiences and events, both public and private, that have shaped her, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her years spent at the most famous address in the world."
'Becoming' is reportedly a part of a joint deal with her husband that will see the pair earn a $65 million advance, with Obama's own memoir expected to be out sometime next year.