Former President Barack Obama earned more than $1 million during a speaking tour in Sydney, where he blamed former president Donald Trump for the global threat China poses.
Obama was interviewed by former Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop in Sydney, with people paying hundreds of dollars to hear him discuss leadership and other issues, including China’s growing threat.
Try to control your shock and amazement.
Barack Obama absurdly blames Donald Trump for China's growing threat to the world.
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During a discussion with Bishop about China, Obama mentioned his successor, Trump, and never wavered.
Obama said China began to change after he left office, with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mistreating its citizens because the country’s president, Xi Jinping, “believed” Trump would be more lenient on Beijing.
“With my successor coming in, I think he saw an opportunity because the U.S. president didn’t seem to care that much about a rules-based international system. And so as a consequence, I think China’s attitude as well, [was] ‘we can take advantage of what appears to be a vacuum internationally on a lot of these issues,’” Obama said.
Obama added that the relationship between the U.S. and China is “significantly strained” and that tensions will not go away soon, arguing that they shouldn’t because there are fundamental differences in how both countries operate the South China sea.
“The fact of the matter is, is that if China starts claiming what had previously been international waters that is going to make life difficult for its neighbors, and for everyone, [and] long-term, I don’t even think it’s going to be good for China,” he continued.
Under the Trump administration, China did not fly a spy balloon over the U.S. or threaten to invade Taiwan.
Since Jan. 20, 2021, China’s attitude towards the U.S. has changed. Obama is correct in that regard. However, blaming Trump for the country’s growing threat is wrong.
In January 2023, China flew a spy balloon over the U.S. It flew over Montana, where Malmstrom Air Force Base is. The base is home to several intercontinental ballistic missiles (IBM).
According to Politico, the balloon flew in six states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Carolina, New York, and South Carolina.
On Feb. 4, 2023, the Biden administration shot the balloon off the coast of North Carolina. The Department of Defense (DOD) used an F-22 fighter jet that fired one AIM-9X Sidewinder missile. Republicans criticized Biden for acting “too little, too late.”
In May 2022, China sent 30 warplanes into Taiwanese airspace, days after Biden warned it not to invade Taiwan.
Under the Biden administration, Russia invaded Ukraine. It did not invade Ukraine during the four years of the Trump presidency.
China respected the U.S. under Trump. Now, it is flirting with the idea of invading Taiwan and sending surveillance balloons to spy on the U.S. Contrary to Obama’s claims, China’s threat is growing under Biden.