Among the things in Donald Trump's sights Thursday morning: Chelsea Manning. Manning, whose sentence was commuted by President Obama before he left office, wrote a Guardian column published Thursday in which she argues that Obama did not leave behind many "permanent accomplishments." That column was widely discussed on Fox News Thursday morning, and 14 minutes later, Trump was tweeting about it, Mediaite reports. "Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!" Trump tweeted. WikiLeaks was quick to jump to Manning's defense, the Hill reports.
The organization tweeted, "Trump denounces Manning for agreeing with him," alongside a screenshot of a 2016 tweet in which Trump called Obama's leadership "weak." It also pointed out that Manning was "found innocent of 'aiding the enemy'" and that the Pentagon determined no one was harmed by her leaks, then added that Manning's "most famous alleged leak" was later found to have been wrongly marked and was actually unclassified. Interestingly, as Mediaite points out, Manning's column is, upon a closer read, "oftentimes more a criticism of Republican leadership being unwilling to meet Obama halfway." Her conclusion: "The one simple lesson to draw from President Obama’s legacy: do not start off with a compromise. They won’t meet you in the middle."