On its surface, Trumps tweet looks like a criticism of Manning, who some consider a traitor for hundreds of thousands of sensitive documents to WikiLeaks in 2010.
Obama dramatically reduced Mannings 35 -year prison sentence merely over a week ago. In an op-ed for The Guardianpublished Thursday, Manning criticized Obama as having a vulnerable legacy, saying that what America needs is an unapologetic progressive leader.
While hes still explicitly critical of Obamas decision to reduce Mannings sentence, Trump whohas made it quite clear in the past that he does not guess highly of Obamas work in the White House appears to have taken offense to Mannings criticism of the 44 th president.
Trump, who isknown for firing off series of related tweetsin quick succession, had no follow-up to this post.
Manning didnt seem fazed by Trumps criticism, tweeting a link to rapper Jay Zs Dirt Off Your Shoulder in response.
Also notable in Trumps tweet is his including references to Manning a transgenderwoman who came out in 2013 by her preferred name.
The military resisted employing female or gender-neutral pronouns with regard to Manning until 2015, when a U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals ruled it was required.She is currently incarcerated in all-male prison. She is permitted to wear female prison undergarments and use some cosmetics, but is barred from having long hair, The New York Times reports.
Its possible Trump may have use Mannings preferred name while repeating language he heard on Fox News.As CNNs Brian Stelter pointed out, Trump use the phrases ungrateful traitor and weak leader in his tweet, which was sent 14 minutes after those same phrases were spoken by anchors on Fox& Friends Thursday morning.
Trumps tweet shouldnt be seen as any endorsement from him on transgender rights. On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked about the administrations plans forObamas executive order that protected LGBTQ federal employees from discrimination.
I merely dont know the answer, Spicer told, implying that Trumps team has yet to formulate an approach to LGBTQ issues.
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