In an interview with Fox News ahead of his address to the joint Houses of Congress on Tuesday night, Mr Trump was asked if he believed Mr Obama was involved in orchestrating recent protests, including tense exchanges between Republican lawmakers and constituents at townhall meetings last week.
"We're going to spend a lot more money on military - we really have to, we have no choice - and a lot of people think it's a tremendous amount of money", he said. He insisted that Trump lies on objective, explaining to a skeptical Colbert that we can know this "because he constantly says the phrase "Believe me.' Nobody says 'Believe me" unless they are lying". It will instead focus on ways to produce long-term economic growth by slashing taxes, he said in an interview taped Friday and broadcast Sunday on Fox News Channel. Trump said he's tougher than Obama in terms of his efforts to deport anyone living in the country illegally.
Trump reiterated his pledge to repeal and replace the Obamacare law in remarks at a black-tie dinner for the National Governors Association.
"This budget will be a public safety and national security budget", Trump said at a bipartisan gathering of U.S. governors at the White House Monday, vowing substantial increases in defense, law enforcement and infrastructure spending. "I think I've done great things but I don't think, I and my people, I don't think we've explained it well enough to the American public".
And yesterday, the WHCA issued a statement "protesting strongly" against the White House's exclusion of CNN, The New York Times, Politico and other prominent news organizations from a Sean Spicer press gaggle.
Two Office of Management and Budget officials said in a conference call with reporters today that the "passback budget" being sent for Congress' review will be seen as a "security budget", with a proposed increase of $54 billion in defense spending.
"I would have gone one-on-one with different people", he said.
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The leaks, some believe, are calculated moves to make Trump and his administration look inept.
"It just seems the other side whenever they are losing badly pull the race card", said Trump, adding he does not take that criticism personally.