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Trump says Obama is helping to organize protests against his presidency

The Washington Post logo The Washington Post 28/02/2017 Philip Rucker
President Trump speaks to a packed ballroom during the CPAC conference in Oxon Hill, Md., on Feb. 24. © Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post President Trump speaks to a packed ballroom during the CPAC conference in Oxon Hill, Md., on Feb. 24.

President Trump has been dismissing the protests against his presidency and demonstrations at congressional town hall meetings across the country as concocted by his political enemies. But now he has an alleged culprit: Barack Obama.

In an interview Monday with Fox News Channel, Trump said that he believes his predecessor is helping to organize the protests.

"I think that President Obama is behind it because his people certainly are behind it," Trump said. "In terms of him being behind things, that's politics. It will probably continue."

Trump made his comments during an interview at the White House with "Fox & Friends" anchors Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade and Ainsley Earhardt. Most of the interview will air Tuesday morning, in advance of Trump's formal address to a joint session of Congress, but Fox released an excerpt Monday of his remarks about Obama.

In the interview, one of the Fox trio told Trump that Obama's political group — presumably Organizing for Action, the successor group to Obama's campaigns — was helping to organize activists to demonstrate, and asked the president whether he suspected Obama himself was behind the efforts.

“I think he is behind it," Trump said. "I also think it’s politics. That’s the way it is.”

A spokesman for Obama did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Trump has lambasted the town-hall demonstrators on social media, tweeting last week that they were "so-called angry crowds" and that the demonstrations were "planned out by liberal activists."

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