President Donald Trump on Saturday called out Obama administration officials for not taking stronger actions against Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, contradicting his past statements and suggesting without proof that they were trying to help Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Trump on Saturday took to twitter and, in a series of tweets, said, "Since the Obama administration was told way before the 2016 Election that the Russians were meddling, why no action?" Did nothing about it.
Trump's tweets Saturday were not his first this week in the vein of questioning the Obama's administration's response.
Also speaking Friday morning on "New Day", White House counselor Kellyanne Conway dismissed the idea that Russian Federation influenced the 2016 presidential election."I think it's very important to show no nexus has been proven between what Russian Federation or any other foreign government tried to do in the actual election result", Conway said.
The president has always been publicly skeptical of the intelligence agency assessment that Russian Federation was involved in leaking embarrassing emails from Democratic email systems - let alone even more sinister allegations that Russian Federation hacked into local election systems in 21 states.
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.
The lengthy report, based on a series of interviews with more than three dozen former and current United States officials, has raised the hackles of many as to Russia's hand in the presidential election.
The Post quoted one Obama administration official as saying, "It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend".
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"We made massive efforts so they couldn't do that", Blinken, who is now a CNN global affairs analyst, told the network's Kate Bolduan on "At This Hour".
The Obama White House also issued repeated warnings to top Russian officials, including a direct warning by President Obama to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"Nothing like the extensive hacking effort and manipulation effort could occur without involvement", Sen. It also acknowledged specific instructions Russian forces were given to undermine Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
That cyber weapon was never used, and is now under the jurisdiction of Trump for release.
The U.S. intelligence community believes Mr. Putin personally authorized a campaign that sought to influence the outcome of last year's election in part by conducting cyberattacks against Mrs. Clinton's campaign and polling infrastructure, among other targets.
One of the candidates, Johnson said, not naming but clearly referring to Donald Trump, "was predicting that the election was going to be rigged", Johnson testified before the House Intelligence Committee, "and so we were concerned that by making the statement, we might in and of itself be challenging the integrity of the election process". The White House has denied those allegations. "It had nothing to do with interference".