May 11, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump attacks Obama in fresh tweetstorm

Then-President elect Trump with President Barack Obama at the White House in 2016. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump followed up on Sunday evening his previous night's tweetstorm on the investigations into his campaign's alleged ties to Russia with more tweets and retweets on the matter. And he lashed out at former President Obama in some posts — days after his predecessor criticized him.

The big picture: Trump addressed Obama's comments that were leaked to Yahoo News calling his response to the novel coronavirus pandemic a "chaotic disaster" and warning the "rule of law is at risk" over the Justice Department dropping of charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

  • Trump is facing pressure from many conservative allies to fire FBI director Christopher Wray due to the bureau's handling of its investigation of Flynn.
  • His tweetstorm on the FBI and the House Intelligence Committee probes show how consumed he is by what he believes to be an illegal attempt to end his presidency by Democrats and intelligence officials from the Obama administration.

The other side: Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Friday accused Attorney General Bill Barr of doing Trump's "political bidding" by interfering in ongoing criminal cases, and called on the DOJ's inspector general to investigate.

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In photos: Protests intensify across the U.S. over George Floyd's death

Protesters outside the Capitol in Washington, DC, on May 29. Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

Mass protests in Atlanta, New York City and Washington, D.C., sparked clashes with police on Friday, as demonstrators demanded justice for the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after at least one police officer knelt on his neck on Monday.

The big picture: The officer involved in the killing of Floyd was charged with third-degree murder on Friday, after protests continued in Minneapolis for three days.

Zuckerberg says Trump’s “shooting” tweet didn’t violate Facebook’s rules

Mark Zuckerberg at the 56th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany on February 15. Photo: Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Facebook did not remove President Trump's threat to send the National Guard to Minneapolis because the company's policy on inciting violence allows discussion on state use of force, CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained in a post on Friday.

The big picture: Zuckerberg's statement comes on the heels of leaked internal criticism from Facebook employees over how the company handled Trump's posts about the Minneapolis protests and his unsubstantiated claims on mail-in ballots — both of which Twitter has now taken action on.