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    Obama's Ghost Haunts Trump: Is the US Ex-Leader Really Still Behind the Throne?

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    Despite having left office almost two months ago, former US President Barack Obama seems to be continuing to call the shots at the White House, according to the Russian online newspaper Gazeta.ru.

    Earlier this week, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said during a press briefing that US President Donald Trump maintains his allegations of wiretapping conducted by former US leader Barack Obama.

    Trump had made the allegations over Twitter on March 4, claiming that then-President Obama had authorized surveillance on Trump Tower during the lead-up to the November 2016 presidential election.

    Trump called the "wiretapping" by the Obama administration a "new low" and a return to the era of McCarthyism.

    It is worth noting that the relationship between Trump and Obama quickly deteriorated after Trump's inauguration on January 20, with the current US administration stressing the need to "dismantle the last bits of Obama's legacy."

    According to experts, verbal attacks on Obama are connected with the fear that the former US President continues to influence the country's Democratic Party even after his resignation.

    "I think that he has left a large footprint not only in on the [Democratic] Party, but also on the system as a whole," expert Viktoria Zhuravleva, of the Moscow-based Institute of World Economy and International Relations, was quoted by Gazeta.ru as saying.

    Now that former President Clinton has withdrawn into the shadows after his wife Hillary lost the election, Obama remains the most influential informal figure for the Democrats, given that the party's current chairman mainly acts as a purely technical figure, according to Gazeta.ru.

    "His influence will be felt for a long time because the Democrats have no other influential figure. He left just recently and has many connections across the world, and Trump still sees him as a rival," Nikolai Zlobin, head of the Center for Global Interests in Washington, said in an interview with Gazeta.ru.

    According to Zlobin, Trump's desire to crack down on his predecessor can also be attributed to the fact that Obama's approval rating remains higher than that of President Trump.

    Zlobin predicted that "it will take Trump about three years to finally get rid of 'Obama's influence.'"

    Russian expert on the United States Viktor Mizin, for his part, stressed the necessity of Trump dealing with "a big purge."

    According to him, Trump needs to get rid of the political appointees of his predecessor who still continue to work in US state power structures.

    As for the Democratic Party, "after Obama's departure it remains as if in a stupor," according to Viktoria Zhuravleva.

    "He was so revolutionary [minded] that now the party's entire establishment looks like dinosaurs. It takes time so that the Democrats can 'catch up' with him," she concluded.

    Meanwhile, retired Canadian diplomat Patrick Armstrong told Sputnik that six US senators had presented President Donald Trump with a test of his determination to end Barack Obama's efforts to foster regime change around the world, especially in the Balkans.

    On Tuesday, a group of six US Senators led by Mike Lee from the state of Utah called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to investigate the US funding political factions within other sovereign nations, including through a George Soros-backed organizations funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

    "The administration's reaction to this letter will be a test," Armstrong said.

    According to him, "to many in the general public, Soros retains a reputation as a benign do-gooder, but the senators charge that the US mission in Macedonia has intervened in party politics of Macedonia, as well as in the shaping of its media environment and civil society."

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      Do not over-rate the previous President: I do not think he was that powerful and influential
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      Both Zlobin and Armstrong seem to be working the same angle, to paralyze Trump and to try and make the people accept it as normal. The part they downplay is that it is ILLEGAL for Obama to do what he is doing. It is sedition. It is ILLEGAL for federal judges to support Obama and make unlawful ruling because of a political cult they represent.

      It is true that Obama physically left the building, but he intentionally refused to relinquish control of the government. He's no different than some African dictator, just a little more sophisticated with his methods. It can be proven and is an actionable offense. But Obama knows he has compromised progressives as federal judges. The end game is to charge all of them and impeach those judges. But that's why Obama is so brave. He knows the courts are rigged and part of his treasonous objective, a global Marxist and oppressive authority.

      I think the people will see 2018 as a continuation of their outrage about this situation. A lot of RINOs will be replaced with real conservatives, and a lot of progressives will be defeated. The Trump voters area different breed, and now they are angry at the illegality of the sedition against Trump and that the media claims that freedom is to problem and service to a global and corrupt shadow government is the solution.
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      jasin reply toarmor(Show commentHide comment)
      armor, I don't think he's smart enough either, but he's the guy who was in position to pull the strings and prep for the future overthrow effort. He went way past the line of usual politics. Maybe because he's not so smart.
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      Husein and Clinton will not sleep well or rest peacefully till Trump is out
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      Marques rougesin reply toarmor(Show commentHide comment)
      armor, Obama was a popular figure, at least in "leftist" circles, but not only.

      That said, I have to agree, the article is laboriously trying to make him appear as a magician leading some shadow army behind the scene, while it's obvious that it's The Lobby is doing precisely that since decades and more ! George Soros is part of this lobby, as is the Bund, and a multitude of other groups interacting together...

      Of course the sources of this article, and most likely the author ? are apparently also working for this lobby, else why would they spread that usual smokescreen !??
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      Doing it is enough for criminal charges. the effort doesn't ave to be successful in overthrowing Trump. Evey lawyer up there know there's enough evidence on Obama to charge him and show how crooked judges will fight a clean case.

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      For me the Reps where not sure that Trump would win !!! That is that there have not the right people beside him ready to run the Usa !!!
    • dee_snutz
      send that shifty n*gger to gitmo and waterboard him until the truth comes out.
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      ignore him, he'll soon dissipate if he is a ghost. :)
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