President Trump on Friday sought to exacerbate tensions among Democrats, retweeting a Fox News segment on Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMisguided recusal rules lock valuable leaders out of the Pentagon Biden's soft touch with Manchin, Sinema frustrates Democrats Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves MORE (D-Mass.) criticizing former President Barack Obama's decision to give a high-priced speech to an investment firm.
The Friday "Fox and Friends" clip features Warren saying she was "troubled" by reports that Obama is to receive $400,000 for a September speech.
"One of things that I talk about in the book is the influence of money," Warren said in a Sirius XM interview rebroadcast on Fox. “I describe it as a snake that slithers through Washington. And that it shows up in so many different ways here in Washington.”
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Obama reportedly agreed to speak at Cantor Fitzgerald LP’s healthcare conference in September for $400,000.
The reports are stirring divisions among Democrats, with many progressives criticizing Obama.
The issue loomed large in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, when Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE faced frequent criticism from opponent Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan MORE (I-Vt.) for her paid Wall Street speeches. It also came up during Clinton’s general election campaign against Trump.
An Obama spokesman defended the former president this week, noting he instituted Wall Street reform during his tenure despite raising significant campaign funds from the financial sector.