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Trump to Michelle: 'Thanks for Your Very Kind Words'

President has sarcastic response to former first lady, but also calls speech 'very divisive'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2020 8:33 AM CDT
Updated Aug 18, 2020 10:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Michelle Obama went after President Trump in blunt fashion during the Democratic National Convention on Monday night, and the president took notice. "She gets these fawning reviews," the president said at the White House, per the Hill. "If you gave a real review it wouldn't be so fawning. I thought it was a very divisive speech. Extremely divisive." He also faulted Obama for recording the speech instead of giving it live and—echoing words she'd used against him—said "she was over her head." On Twitter earlier, Trump was a little less direct in his criticism of the former first lady. "Somebody please explain to (her) that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren't for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama," he wrote.

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In another tweet, he called the Obama-Biden administration "the most corrupt in history," accused them of treason, and ended with a sarcastic, "Thanks for your very kind words Michelle!" Also as part of his broadside, Trump criticized the Obama-Biden administration over its response to the swine flu epidemic ("weak and pathetic") and called former President Obama's endorsement of Biden "late & unenthusiastic." And he added: “My Administration and I built the greatest economy in history, of any country, turned it off, saved millions of lives, and now am building an even greater economy than it was before." In her convention speech, the former first lady said Trump was "clearly in over his head" and unable to lead a nation in crisis, per Forbes. (Read more Michelle Obama stories.)

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