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Nos. 44 And 45: Trump, Obama And An Official Portrait

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with his cabinet in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC.
US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with his cabinet in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

The unveiling of a portrait of former President Barack Obama as been indefinitely delayed as his successor, President Donald Trump, is accusing him of unspecified crimes without offering any evidence . The indefinite suspension of the unveiling breaks with the tradition of first-term presidents hosting their predecessors for the displaying of this portrait.

Obama has been reticent to wade into the debate about Trump’s actions and administration. However, the 44th president seemed to draw Trump’s ire after he criticized the sitting president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Another potential reason for Trump’s attacks on his predecessor may be that Obama’s former vice president, Joe Biden, is set to be the incumbent president’s rival in the general election in November. Analysts have suggested that Trump might think it prudent to attack Biden’s former boss in an attempt to undermine his credibility.

What’s behind President Trump’s new attacks on Obama? And how will this play out in the general election?

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