Trump brushes off Obama comment

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PRES­I­DENT Donald Trump has brushed off for­mer first lady Michelle Obama’s ut­ter­ance that she can’t for­give him for cam­paign rhetoric that po­ten­tially put her fam­ily at risk.

Trump in­stead pointed to for­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama, telling re­porters out­side the White House on Fri­day, “She talked about safety. What he did to our mil­i­tary made this coun­try very un­safe for you and you and you”. He didn’t ex­plain what he meant. In her mem­oir, Be­com­ing, Obama says Trump’s rhetoric barely con­cealed “big­otry and xeno­pho­bia” which was “dan­ger­ous, de­lib­er­ately meant to stir up the wing nuts and kooks”. She writes, “Donald Trump, with his loud and reck­less in­nu­en­dos, was putting my fam­ily’s safety at risk. And for this, I’d never for­give him.”

In the book, due to be re­leased in the US on Tues­day, she openly talks about ev­ery­thing from grow­ing up in Chicago to con­fronting racism in pub­lic life and be­com­ing the coun­try’s first black first lady. She also re­flects on early strug­gles in her mar­riage as Obama be­gan his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

In an in­ter­view aired on ABC’s Good Morn­ing Amer­ica last week, Obama said she felt “lost and alone” af­ter suf­fer­ing a mis­car­riage 20 years ago and un­der­went in vitro fer­til­i­sa­tion to con­ceive her two daugh­ters. She said she felt like she “failed be­cause I didn’t know how com­mon mis­car­riages were be­cause we don’t talk about them”.

Obama, 54, says she and her hus­band “had to do IVF” to con­ceive Sasha, 17, and Malia, 20. |

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