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Master of diversions continues his attack on Obama, manages to draw eyeballs away from controversies

Another Trump pivot?

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - By now, one would assume that a Trump pivot would be glaringly obvious. But the media in America were in for another of his infamous diversion tactics over the weekend, first when he leveled allegations of electronic malfeasance against Obama, then when he repeated the claims, attacking Democrats. 

Following a rather difficult weeks, when his administration was riddled with several controversies, Trump, the Master of Diversions, managed to pull focus away from the issues threatening to blow up further - only to dish out a brand new set of new allegations, like always, presented without evidence backing his claims.

In months before and after the election, Trump and his team’s relationship with Russia and the alleged Russian interference in the U.S. Presidential elections have been discussed widely and remain under heavy scrutiny. 

The resignation of Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor, after his communications with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kisynak were exposed - seemed to have been the starting point of a controversy that was destined to blow up. 

Days after the incident, that became one of the biggest fallouts of Trump’s administration another senior Trump administration official – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions came into focus.

Sessions was forced to recuse himself from all investigations pertaining to Russian interference in the U.S. presidential elections following reports that he met with the Russian ambassador on two occasions, and failed to disclose the same during his confirmation hearing.

In what seemed like a bid to draw some focus away from the constant reportage on the issues, earlier in the week, Trump accused Obama of provoking Town Hall protesters and leading a sabotage campaign against him. 

Then, as weekend drew closer, Trump touched on other issues and led meetings with different bodies.  

On Saturday, rather shockingly, the President accused his predecessor, Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the campaign in October.

In a series of Tweets on Saturday morning, Trump said, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"

He further tweeted, “The first meeting Jeff Sessions had with the Russian Amb was set up by the Obama Administration under education program for 100 Ambs......” adding, “Just out: The same Russian Ambassador that met Jeff Sessions visited the Obama White House 22 times, and 4 times last year alone.”

Trump went on to target Obama, who left the White House in January, comparing the "scarry" wiretap to the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

He said, “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"

He even said that he might look into a "good lawyer" to make a "great case" out of the wiretap.

Tweeting, “I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!"

And adding, "Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!"

While Trump did not provide any evidence of the alleged wiretapping, reports noted that the Twitter rant was a possible reaction to a recent report in the right-wing website Breitbart News. 

The piece by senior editor Joel Pollak elaborates on reports that the Obama administration applied for a FISA court warrant to tap Trump Tower in New York City to investigate suspected links to Russian banks.

It explores conservative radio host Mark Levin's recent claim on the Obama administration using "police tactics" to undermine Trump's campaign. 

Further, an article in the New York Times, published a day before Trump’s inauguration in January had revealed that as part of a probe of links between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials, U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies had intercepted some communications and financial transactions.

There was, however, no mention of any phone lines being tapped. 

Then, on Sunday, Trump sent out more Tweets from his winter White House, his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he is spending the weekend. 

His first tweet, coming just after dawn attacked the Democratic National Committee.

Trump said, “Is it true the DNC would not allow the FBI access to check server or other equipment after learning it was hacked? Can that be possible?”

Minutes later, Trump took a dig at Obama, referring to a statement Obama made as he was running for a second term in 2012.

He tweeted, "Who was it that secretly said to Russian President, "Tell Vladimir that after the election I'll have more flexibility?" @foxandfriends"

Soon after a statement was issued from the office of the press secretary, Sean Spicer, seeking an investigation of the Obama White House during the 2016 campaign.

The statement, which seemed like a follow up on Saturday's tweets, read, "Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling. President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016. Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted."

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