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Trump blames Obama for town hall protests and security leaks

Media captionUS “at boiling point”: Town halls target Trump’s agenda

US President Donald Trump has said he believes Barack Obama is behind the protests against Republican lawmakers, and national security leaks.

He told Fox News: “I think President Obama’s behind it because his people are certainly behind it”, but added: “I also think it’s just politics”.

Mr Trump advanced no evidence for his claims; his predecessor in the White House has not commented.

Mr Trump also spoke about his budget plans and other issues.

In his wide-ranging interview with Fox News and Friends, he said:

  • He gave himself a “C” on getting his message out but an A for achievement and A+ for effort
  • His plans to boost defence spending by $54bn (£43bn) would be paid for by a “revved up economy”
  • He would be a “hypocrite” if he attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in light of “fake news”

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