The feud between President Donald Trump and U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is showing no signs of letting up as both parties fired salvos on Sunday.
Trump took to Twitter early Sunday to thank “Liddle’ Adam Schiff” for criticizing former President Barack Obama’s handling of suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
The president went further to suggest his predecessor “knew of the threat, and did nothing.”
“Finally, Liddle’ Adam Schiff, the leakin’ monster of no control, is now blaming the Obama Administration for Russian meddling in the 2016 Election. He is finally right about something. Obama was President, knew of the threat, and did nothing. Thank you Adam!” the president tweeted.
Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Obama was not “aggressive” enough in the face of Russian interference on Friday during a forum moderated by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell at the Council of Foreign Relations.
“While I respect the motive in terms of the Obama administration, they didn’t want to be seen as meddling, the American people had a right to know what was going on and could be trusted to do the right thing with it,” he said. “And they should have defended being more public and aggressive at the time, at least in my view.”
The lawmaker fired off a response to Trump’s tweet late Sunday hitting him for not taking action against Russia, saying the president would not “recognize the truth.”
“Sorry for delay @POTUS,” Schiff tweeted. “Was on a plane back from Munich where General McMaster confronted Russia over its meddling. I’ve always said Obama should’ve acted sooner. But you won’t recognize the truth, impose sanctions or act at all. If McMaster can stand up to Putin, why can’t you?”
Sorry for delay @POTUS. Was on a plane back from Munich where General McMaster confronted Russia over its meddling.
I’ve always said Obama should’ve acted sooner. But you won’t recognize the truth, impose sanctions or act at all. If McMaster can stand up to Putin, why can’t you? https://t.co/ixjsjMJSVJ
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 18, 2018
The inclusion of McMaster being a reference to Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who said Saturday at the Munich Security Conference the evidence “is now incontrovertible” that Moscow engaged in a campaign of “disinformation, subversion and espionage.”
Of course, it didn’t seem to occur to Schiff that McMaster standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as the Democrat suggested, came as a representative of the Trump administration.
President Trump posted a second tweet Sunday that referenced Schiff, saying that he “probably” called out Obama “as yet another excuse that the Democrats, lead by their fearless leader, Crooked Hillary Clinton, lost the 2016 election.”
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