Reuters has reported that, in response to Russia’s interference in the presidential election, President Obama has ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats. The diplomats, who were suspected of being spies, were given 72 hours to leave the country. In addition, the Obama administration has imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies involved in the hack.
‘These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior.’
The President also warned that additional penalties would be imposed at a later date.
‘These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia’s aggressive activities. We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized.’
Moscow is, understandably, not happy with these developments and the UK’s Russian embassy sent out a tweet criticizing Obama as a “hapless” leader.
‘President Obama expels 35diplomats in Cold War deja vu. As everybody, incl
people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm.’
President Obama expels 35 ?? diplomats in Cold War deja vu. As everybody, incl ?? people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm. pic.twitter.com/mleqA16H8D
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) December 29, 2016
The Russian embassy’s tweet has garnered a slightly bemused response from the internet with many questioning if the account had been hacked.
@RussianEmbassy just checking you haven’t been hacked?’
just checking you haven't been hacked?
— Latika M Bourke (@latikambourke) December 29, 2016
— Diana Crandall (@DianaCReports) December 29, 2016
‘Official account of Russian Embassy!! Petty, childish.
— Onipka (@ksush73) December 29, 2016
A few other people chimed in to defend President Obama, who currently enjoys higher approval ratings than Donald Trump.
Most Americans LOVE, LOVE our current @POTUS. He has the highest approval rating of any outgoing Prez.
— Ali Carver (@ali_is_speaking) December 29, 2016
— Barbara Stiles (@Dovewoman1) December 29, 2016
As a general rule, incoming presidents tend to a enjoy a period of high approval ratings as most voters are willing to give them a chance before passing judgment. Trump’s low ratings underscore the fact that he was one of the least popular presidential candidates in decades. President Obama, on the other hand, remains consistently popular.
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