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Trump calls Chelsea Manning a 'traitor' in tweet

Posted: 4:27 AM, Jan 26, 2017
Updated: 2017-01-26 17:38:08Z

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to denounce Chelsea Manning, the Army private who gave military documents to WikiLeaks. 

Manning had her 35-year prison sentence commuted by former President Barack Obama shortly before he left office. She wrote an op-ed for The Guardian in which she questioned the effectiveness of the Obama presidency. 

"Barack Obama left behind hints of a progressive legacy. Unfortunately, despite his faith in our system and his positive track record on many issues over the last eight years, there have been very few permanent accomplishments," she wrote . "This vulnerable legacy should remind us that what we really need is a strong and unapologetic progressive to lead us. What we need as well is a relentless grassroots movement to hold that leadership accountable." 

The Guardian posted the opinion piece on Thursday morning. Shortly after, Trump posted a tweet slamming both Manning and Obama for commuting Manning's prison sentence. In the tweet, Trump called Manning an "ungrateful traitor." 

Manning was found guilty in 2013 on charges connected to the leak. She is set to be released in May, according to Politico .