Trump Keeps Up Criticism Of Obama Over Russian Meddling, Wants Apology

In Days Before Election, Democratic Lawmakers Urged Obama To Retaliate Against Russia

In Days Before Election, Democratic Lawmakers Urged Obama To Retaliate Against Russia

"The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling".

President Donald Trump has criticized former President Barack Obama for not acting sooner when he learned Vladimir Putin ordered hackers to help the Trump campaign.

The President appears to be reacting to a Washington Post story, which reported that the Central Intelligence Agency informed Mr Obama in August 2016 that Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in cyber attacks aimed at disrupting the United States election.

Trump won an unexpected victory last November and has seen his administration plagued by swirling controversy stemming from Russia's campaign of cyberattacks against Democratic targets and investigations into whether the president's campaign or anyone associated with him colluded with the Kremlin on those attacks. Joe Manchin, both members of intelligence committees, said Obama's administration should have talked publicly earlier about Russia's actions.

The State Department wrote back to the lawmakers a month later, after Hillary Clinton's stinging loss to Donald Trump.

"I don't know why there's so much skepticism, not believing what the intelligence community is telling you".

The account published Friday by the Post reported that the previous administration issued four warnings to Moscow - including one Obama delivered directly to Putin - causing Moscow to pull back on possible plans to sabotage USA voting operations.

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Despite mounds of (still-mounting) evidence that Russian Federation hacked the 2016 presidential election, President Trump is still not ready to place the full brunt of the blame on his buddies in the Kremlin. On Sunday, he lambasted Obama in a "Fox & Friends" interview for doing "nothing" about the election meddling.

However, according to the Post's reporting, the administration was wary of appearing as though they were interfering in the election in order to favor Hillary Clinton; Trump at that point spoke frequently of a "rigged" election.

David Ignatius, also of The Washington Post, said the White House was slow to act because of resistance from Republicans and that the Obama administration did take action by expelling 35 Russians and closing down their compounds.

In two other tweets, he called the Democrats "OBSTRUCTIONISTS" and said they were "no help" on the Senate's attempted health care reform.

A forceful, public rebuke to the Russians, delivered in August, would have alerted the US electorate to beware the shenanigans and maybe even shamed Moscow into stopping their evil transgressions.

"Given everything we were dealing with, the perception of Russia's main objective, which was to undermine confidence in the elections - that was one thing that motivated us to be careful how we played it in public", Blinken said. Trump, she said, does not take the Russian investigation seriously. "I feel like we sort of choked", was how one anonymous former senior Obama aide famously described the situation to The Post, and there is no shortage of Democrats who feel the same way.

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