Trump decries as ‘terrible’ Manning’s critique of Obama
President Donald Trump said it is “terrible” that Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence analyst convicted of leaking classified material, is now criticizing the leadership of the man who commuted her sentence: former President Barack Obama.
“Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader,” Trump said Thursday in a message on Twitter. “Terrible!”
Manning, in an opinion piece posted Wednesday in the Guardian, said Obama’s “vulnerable” legacy is a reminder that “what we need is a strong and unapologetic progressive to lead us.” Manning said that now the U.S. is “moving into darker times.”
Obama announced days before leaving office that he shortened Manning’s sentence and she will be released in May. She was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 35 years in prison after being arrested in 2010 for leaking 700,000 military files and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.
Manning “took responsibility for her crime” and the punishment was “very disproportionate” compared “to what other leakers had received,” Obama said, adding that “I feel very comfortable that justice has been served and a message has still been sent.”
Trump disagreed with Obama’s action.