After reports of increased attacks on Jewish centers around the United States, the pressure was on President Donald Trump to address the situation. After doing so, Trump supporters and surrogates attempted to deflect blame onto the Obama administration.

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On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump took a tour of the National Museum of African American Museum and Culture along side Ben Carson, his nominee for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Following his visit, the president gave a short statement, which included his comments about the aforementioned reports of the rise of anti-Semitic attacks.

"This tour was a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms," Trump said, before referring to the anti-Semitic attacks as "horrible" and "painful." Following Trump's comments, many critics of the president doubted his sincerity, which was highlighted topic during a February 21 segment on CNN.

Joining host Chris Cuomo was former Republican congressman Rick Santorum, who was not happy with how Trump's remarks were received by the media. "Let's look at the president's record and compare it with what we’ve seen in the last eight years," Santorum said, before praising Donald Trump on how he has handled Israel, while blasting President Obama in the process.

"This is why you hear about Fake News!" Rick Santorum went on to say. Not stopping there, the former Republican presidential candidate continued his attack on Obama. "For eight years the Obama administration sat and said nothing about increasing anti-Semitism on college campuses," he noted.

Santorum then hit back at CNN, calling it an "outrage" for the network to speak out against Trump after just a month in office.

Moving forward

As the presidency of Donald Trump enters its second month, the backlash against the White House has continued. On Monday, multiple protests took place around the country with the theme of "Not My President's Day," which continues to highlight the anger against the administration.

The former host of "The Apprentice" appears well aware of the rage against him, but seems steadfast in his agenda, while he bashes the media and his political opponents in the process.