President Donald Trump may think “the buck stops with everybody” during the current government shutdown, but he wasn’t shy about blaming the nation’s chief executive when President Barack Obama presided over a government shutdown in 2013.
During an interview with then-CNN host Piers Morgan on the 11th day of the 2013 shutdown, Trump tore into Obama by saying he didn’t display leadership by “making deals.”
“They really have to learn to get along, I mean you just have a president that is not leading,” Trump told Morgan, adding that Obama was “not getting people into a room, and not shouting and cajoling and laughing and having a good time, and having a terrible time, and you know, all of these different emotions and things you have to do, but you have to get people in a room, and you have to just make deals for the good of the country.”
Trump also told Morgan that Obama should have played more golf with his congressional opponent at the time, John Boehner.
“The problem is the only played one round,” Trump said. “They gotta play a lot, they gotta get along. They’ve got to be led, and we’re not being led.”
Then, Trump placed the blame squarely on Obama, telling Morgan that “in all fairness to the president, he’s never been a dealmaker. He never made deals before he became a senator.”
“I don’t think he’s a natural dealmaker,” Trump continued. “You know, it’s like sports, you have natural hitters in baseball, and natural shot makers in basketball, and natural putters in golf. He’s not a natural dealmaker, it doesn’t come naturally to him.”
Obama and the Republicans struck a deal five days later. Trump’s shutdown is now in its 20th day, and ironically, Trump hasn’t played any golf at all, with or without Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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