Wendy Sherman Complains About Trump Blaming Obama

Obama continued to blame Bush into his second term

January 8, 2020

Wendy Sherman, former undersecretary of state under President Barack Obama, complained on Wednesday about President Donald Trump blaming Obama for Iran’s nefarious actions after he's been in office for three years.

"It's a little pathetic, I must say and actually childish ... that he is blaming everything on President Obama after being in office himself for three years," Sherman said on MSNBC's The Beat With Ari Melber.

Sherman's former boss often did exactly what she so despises, however. Not only did Obama blame former President George W. Bush throughout his first term, he continued to do so well into his second term.

Sherman continued to criticize Trump for his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal that she helped negotiate, saying Obama's deal had "elated" the Iranians.

"The facts are that after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear deal, was signed, people in Iran were elated as opposed to chanting death to America. After the JCPOA was signed, until the president pulled out of the nuclear deal, there were no rocket attacks on U.S. interests in Iraq. There were no drone strikes. There were no end [sic] to Saudi oil fields. There was none of what we are facing today. That all has come after the president pulled out of the nuclear deal," Sherman said.

Sherman did not mention any of the malign actions committed by the Iranians before Trump pulled out of the deal. In January 2016, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized two U.S. Navy boats and released footage showing the capture of U.S. sailors. The sailors were later released only after Iran made one of them read a statement apologizing and praising Iran's treatment. Iran also backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, which caused the country to spiral in a civil war that has cost the lives of over 100,000 people. The Iranian regime also worked to prevent Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, who has used chemical weapons on his own people, from being removed from power.