We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.
The 44th US President has embarked on a whirlwind media tour in recent weeks to promote his memoir titled; A Promised Land. President Obama served two terms in the White House from 2009-2017, and in one interview he insisted the US was now more divided and condemned Donald Trump for making the matter worse.
In a post on Twitter, Mr Morgan took aim at the “cosy” tone of recent interviews with President Obama and highlighted a lack of scrutiny over his own time in power.
The outspoken Good Morning Britain co-host, pointed out a number of controversial decisions during his time as Commander-in-Chief, including his record on foreign policy, the media and immigration.
Mr Morgan said: “Lots of very cosy interviews with Barack Obama popping up to promote his book.
“Not seeing much scrutiny of his shocking record on drone strikes, failure to close Guantanamo Bay, dreadful attacks on press freedom, or the fact he deported 3 million immigrants… an all-time record.”
According to the independent charity Airwars, which monitors civilian harm during conflicts, there were ten times more air strikes in the covert war on terror during President Obama’s eight year presidency than under his predecessor, George W Bush.
President Obama defeated his late Republican rival John McCain in the 2008 election and on his second day in office he signed an executive order to shut down Guantánamo Bay.
Upon leaving the White House in 2017 there was still more than 40 inmates in the maximum military prison in Cuba.
The controversial detention centre was opened in 2002 to hold suspected terrorists in the war in Afghanistan.
Mr Morgan, who worked on the US network CNN from 2011-14, also took aim at President Obama’s record with the media.
According the freedom of the press foundation, during his administration, the Department of Justice brought charges under the Espionage Act against eight people accused of leaking information.
The Obama administration, which had President-elect Joe Biden as Vice-President, also took a tough stance on immigration.
Figures from the Department for Homeland Security show that from 2009-2016 the US deported 2.75million undocumented immigrants.
Obama, 59, recently took part in an interview with the BBC and said the US was more divided today than it was when he was elected to the White House in 2008.
He suggested Mr Biden’s victory was only the first step in repairing divisions which he claimed had been “fanned” by Mr Trump.
He said: “We are very divided right now, certainly more than we were when I first ran for office in 2007 and won the presidency in 2008, even more than when I ran for re-election in 2012, more divided than we were four years ago when Donald Trump first won the presidency.
“And some of that is attributable to our current president who actively fanned division because he felt it was good for his politics, but it preceded him and it will outlast him.
Redwood shuts down Biden fears of Brexit as ‘no way’ of Irish border [VIDEO}
Queen set for ‘semi-retirement’ as Charles on verge on becoming King [INSIGHT]
BBC Weather: UK faces cold 65mph winds with temperature plunge to 4C [FORECAST]
“I discuss in the book some of the trends that have created that kind of division.”
President Obama also told historian and presenter David Olusoga there is a growing divide between rural and urban areas, immigration and a polarised media landscape had led to “truth decay”.
He added: “I think the debate that has been taking place here about the kinds of crazy conspiracy theories and what some have called truth decay where facts don’t matter, everything is fair game, everything goes, that has contributed enormously to these divisions.
“It’s going to take more than one election to reverse those trends. It is going to require work at a local level as well as on a national level.
“It is going to require not just political work but cultural work to get people to listen to each other, think more critically and evaluate information.”
Source: Read Full Article