It looks like our forever President Barack Obama had time during his speech to address Trump’s recent slander. “Not only did I not get indicted, nobody in my administration got indicted,” Obama said in front of an audience at Rice University on Tuesday. This comes just a day after the special counsel wrapped up a plea deal with Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
“By the way, it was the only administration in modern history that that can be said about. In fact, nobody came close to being indicted, probably because the people who joined us were there for the right reasons.” In the same day, Trump referred to special counsel Robert Mueller as a “conflicted prosecutor gone rogue,” following Mueller’s announcement that Manafort repeatedly lied to the FBI.
Because of the amount of “crimes and lies” Manafort admitted to during interviews, he is no longer eligible for a plea deal that was set up in September, according to Mueller’s office. Obama continued explaining the dysfunction that has taken place in Washington and how it correlates with how the nation’s work with the U.S. “The degree to which the United States underwrites the international order – it is not always in the obvious ways – but if there’s a problem around the world they do not call Moscow, they do not call Beijing. They call Washington,” he said. “Even our adversaries expect us to solve problems and expect us to keep things running, and when you start getting dysfunction in Washington… that doesn’t just weaken our influence, it provides opportunities for disorder to start ramping up all around the world.”
He also mentioned the issue with the state of the media during this climate. “By the time I take office, what you increasingly have is a media environment in which if you are a Fox News viewer, you have an entirely different reality than if you are a New York Times reader,” he said. Lastly, Obama let it be known that if you aren’t equipped to efficiently lead the nation Trump should have passed on the job. “There’s a reverence there, for that office,” he said. “That is independent of you. And if you don’t feel that, then you shouldn’t be there because a lot of fights, a lot of sacrifices, a lot of bloodshed is represented in that office.”