White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried to blame President Obama for Trump hiring Mike Flynn because Trump never did another background check of Flynn but used the same one that Obama administration did years before.
In Spicer’s twisted view, the incoming Trump White House didn’t have to do a new background check on Mike Flynn because the Obama administration had already done one. Spicer left out two facts that should have made a security review of Flynn mandatory. The Obama administration fired Flynn, and there had been stories for months during the campaign about Flynn’s close ties to Russia.
What Sean Spicer did indirectly admit is that the White House was incredibly lazy and the work on the transition was unprofessional and shoddy.
Republicans are acting like blaming Obama is still their get out of jail free card. The problem is that Barack Obama is no longer the president. Trump owns the decision to hire Mike Flynn, just as he owns the Russia scandal that is slowly consuming his administration. Blaming Obama isn’t going to save Trump on Russia. Mike Flynn was a key player and a frequent face in the Trump campaign, so it laughable that they would try to blame the former president for their own scandal.
The blame Obama excuse expired on January 20, 2017. Trump is the sole owner and proprietor of the Russia scandal that could bring him down.