Is Barack Obama violating the Logan Act which makes it a federal crime “for  a citizen to confer with foreign governments against the interests of the United States?”

 

Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a visit to the two countries where he spoke at a number of summits. His trip came just weeks after President Trump’s first Eastern tour, and his predecessor almost certainly gave his unsolicited opinion on everything from Russian investigations to tax bills to a burning Middle East. Since leaving the White House in January, Obama has made it a point to engage in political debates facing the nation.

According to China’s state-run Xinhua news service, Xi told Obama that “China is ready to work with the U.S. to strengthen communication, exchanges and cooperation, so as to push for new development of bilateral relations.” He also briefed Obama on the major achievements of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in October. Obama thanked Xi for meeting with him and congratulated the Chinese President on China’s successes.

It is no coincidence that  Mr. Obama’s meetings with Asian dignitaries came on the heels of President Trump’s. In July, Obama met with former and current South Korean Presidents Lee Myung-bak and Moon Jae-in respectively. Those meetings came just days after Moon had been to the White House. The Korean Herald reported that “President Moon Jae-in renewed his resolve to pursue sanctions and dialogue to tackle North Korea’s nuclear program during a meeting with former US President Barack Obama.”

The 44th U.S.  President started his trip last Tuesday in Shanghai where he held private meetings and spoke at a trade summit.

It is customary for outgoing presidents to leave the world stage once their tenure as commander in chief ends. Obama, however, has failed to mind his own business following his departure from the Oval Office.

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