Obama 'did nothing' about Russia election meddling

Angelica Greene
June 26, 2017

President Donald Trump on Twitter appeared to acknowledge Russian meddling in the presidential election in a tweet Friday that attacked former President Barack Obama.

Following the CIA's findings that Russian Federation hacked into USA election software, in a bid to help Trump win the election, the Obama administration sought for ways in which to punish or sanction Russian Federation.

This comes a day after a Washington Post report detailed how the Obama administration's approach to take an action against the Russian Government for its attempt to meddle with and influence the Presidential campaign was slow and cautious and how it helped the bid to politically damage Hillary Clinton and swing the election in Trump's favour.

The Obama administration would not publicly say Russian Federation was attempting to interfere with the election until October 7, and the news of Putin's attempts to aid Trump would not surface until after the election.

The Post said Mr Obama secretly debated dozens of options to punish Russia but in the end settled on what it called symbolic measures - the expulsion of 35 diplomats and closure of two Russian compounds. Like many polls suggested, it believed Clinton would win despite the hacks.

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Trump's tweets Saturday were not his first this week in the vein of questioning the Obama's administration's response. The most pressing question now, however, is not what Mr Obama did. You've just been informed by the Central Intelligence Agency that Vladimir Putin has ordered a wide-ranging effort to disrupt the U.S. presidential election. It's what the United States government does next. He made these claims in a FOX News interview on Friday. He should have done something about it.

The FBI is investigating into the alleged meddling by Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Kremlin and Trump's campaign. But you don't read that.

Also speaking Friday morning on "New Day", White House counselor Kellyanne Conway dismissed the idea that Russian Federation influenced the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has repeatedly decried those investigations as "a witch hunt".

They involve the president's firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey, who led one of the inquiries, and Mr Trump's alleged attempt to end a probe into sacked national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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