President Donald Trump on Monday blasted the U.S. government for not doing enough to secure his victory in the November election, calling the White House a “punch-back machine” for the Obama administration.
Trump’s rhetoric was a sharp contrast to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, who said she hoped to see the next president “take a hard look at what we did, and make sure it works.”
But he also took aim at the Obama White House, which he accused of “playing political games with our democracy.”
“They know that the president’s going to be reelected.
And so they are playing political games,” Trump said at a rally in the small farming town of Greenville, S.C.
He also took a swipe at the president, saying the former president was trying to “put America first” by not doing more to secure the November elections.
“I would like to see him go back to the drawing board,” Trump told supporters.
The president said he would not accept the outcome of the November vote as a mandate to “let somebody else take care of us.”
Trump has repeatedly criticized the Obama-era U.N. climate change treaty as a “disaster” that “we’re going to have to get rid of.”
But in the past few days, Trump has called for an extension of the pact, which is expected to be ratified this week.
He has also called for the United States to abandon the Paris climate agreement, which aims to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, a goal that is considered the threshold for avoiding catastrophic climate change.
Trump also lashed out at former President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw from the landmark global accord, which calls for the U,S., and other countries to reduce emissions and tackle climate change through tough emissions cuts.
The move, which Trump called a “massive victory for global warming deniers,” came after the U;s top diplomat, Nikki Haley, said on Monday that the Trump administration was moving ahead with the accord.
In a tweet, Trump said he was withdrawing from the agreement “for the sake of our future generations.”
But Trump did not offer any other details on his reasoning, which also came after he repeatedly claimed that the agreement was not good for the country.
“This was not a good deal for the American people,” Trump tweeted, blaming the U.,S.
and other nations for not being able to meet their pledge.
“They had to put us in this mess.
We had to go back and renegotiate.”
Trump said the accord “was the worst deal that ever was made in terms of terms of the economy, in terms [of] climate change.”
“We had a terrible agreement.
We could never make it right,” Trump added.
“We were the last country left that didn’t want to go in.
We were the only country that didn;t want to join.
We never wanted to join.”
Trump also took shots at Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The president also said the election was rigged against him, calling her “a criminal.”
Clinton has said the 2016 election was “rigged” against her, and that Trump was elected in part because he would “go to bat for the working man.”
Clinton, a former secretary of state and first lady, has called Trump a “phony” and a “con artist” and said she is not confident he will deliver on his promises to the American public.