President Trump called whistleblower Chelsea Manning an "ungrateful traitor ... who should never have been released from prison" in a tweet early Thursday.
He also accused her of calling former President Obama a "weak leader," presumably basing his remarks on an op-ed she wrote in The Guardian.
However, while Manning's op-ed is critical of Obama, it is equally critical, if not more so, of his opponents.
Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
Here's Trump's tweet.
The one simple lesson to draw from President Obama's legacy: Do not start off with a compromise.
Manning's op-ed, headlined "Compromise doesn't work with our political opponents. When will we learn?" argues that Obama showed that America needed a "strong and unapologetic progressive to lead us." She claims many of Obama's signature policies were undone by Obama's attempts to compromise with conservatives.
"It did not matter how balanced President Obama was," Manning wrote. "It did not matter how educated he was, or how intelligent he was. Nothing was ever good enough for his opponents."
Manning took issue with Obama's treatment of the LGBT community, decrying how long it took him to mention them in his speech after the Pulse nightclub shooting. But she framed this as an attempt to compromise with conservatives.
President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2016
Trump accused Manning of calling Obama "weak." But he called him "perhaps the worst president."
Additionally, Manning has not yet been released from prison. Her sentence was commuted, and she is scheduled to be freed May 17, 2017.
Many conservatives disagreed with Obama's commutation of her sentence, arguing her whistleblowing activity put American lives and valuable information at risk.
For instance, here's House Speaker Paul Ryan's statement after her commutation.