President Trump Attacks Former President Obama's Handling of Russian Meddling

Frederick Owens
June 27, 2017

Why didn't former President Barack Obama act on Central Intelligence Agency reports about the Russian government's meddling into the 2016 USA presidential election?

In a tweet Monday morning, Trump said the Russian Federation investigation has turned up "zero "tapes" of T [rump] people colluding".

"It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend", one former senior Obama administration official told The Post. "We sort of choked".

Asking for an "apology", Trump denied that his campaign associates colluded with Russian Federation or that he obstructed the federal investigation into Moscow's actions.

"With 4 months looking at Russia.they have zero "tapes" of T (Trump) people colluding".

Spicer said Monday that it was not hypocritical for Trump to accuse Obama of collusion or obstruction after he personally called for Clinton's emails to be released.

Mr. Price added, "This "I'm-not-you-are" strategy tends to be a hallmark of elementary school, not presidential strategy".

It is unclear what steps, if any, the Trump administration is taking to combat future interference. On Monday, Trump said Obama's failure to act was not negligent but instead a willful effort to aid his preferred presidential candidate.

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US President Donald Trump gestures to members of the media gathered in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, June 26, 2017.

Due to ongoing allegations by the US intelligence community of Russian interference in the USA election and a scandal about possible collusion within Trump's team, not everyone in the White House thinks such a meeting is prudent.

Welker suggested those tweets were hypocritical given Trump's previous suggestion during the 2016 presidential campaign that Russian Federation should hack Clinton's emails.

Obama did announce in December a series of sanctions against Russian Federation for its attempts to influence the November election, including expelling 35 suspected intelligence operatives from the U.S.

Manchin noted that since the intelligence community verified the information, the Obama administration should have informed the public.

"They feared that any action would be seen as political and that Putin, motivated by a seething resentment of Clinton, was prepared to go beyond fake news and email dumps ..."

State Department and National Security Council officials have asked Trump to consider a more low-profile introduction to the Russian president and perhaps avoid an extended conversation altogether, AP reported. The next day [Russian President Vladimir] Putin said, we're not going to retaliate.

Just before 9 a.m. on Monday, he returned to the Obama-bungled-Russia theme, this time apparently referring to a Washington Post article chronicling confusion and delays by Mr. Obama's aides when confronted with evidence that Moscow was attempting to intervene in the election.

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