Nonsense. Obama had two very expensive planes, the F-22 and the F-35, the latter of which has a whole host of innovations. Obama cut the F-22 but kept the F-35. After a whole bunch of putdowns of the forthcoming F-35s on social media-much of it pushed by Russia-the F-35 is beginning to win a lot of people over as they see its capabilities. It improves our overall air strength so that F-16s are far more effective with the help they get from the F-35s.
The F-35 was not designed to be an air-superiority fighter, and is incapable of fulfilling the role of an air-superiority fighter.
It's nice that they improve the strength of our F-16s. That's not going to be a much of a help when most of our F-35s and F-16s have been shot down because we don't have air superiority.
Obama slashed the deficit, which greatly aided our economic recovery, (now being reversed by Trump), while bucking Russian inspired criticism of the plane he saved, the F-35, which Russia is scared s***less of.
Russia is not particularly scared of the F-35. Without air superiority fighters to protect them, they will be easily downed by opposing fighters.
The criticism of the F-35's capabilities was not in any way inspired by Russia. Although it is certainly possible that Russia has parroted the widespread criticism from other people.