It looks like President Trump still won’t acknowledge there might have been Russian meddling in the election. Even his own advisers are having trouble convincing him of the fact.
Trump continues to point his finger at former president Barack Obama saying that he knew about it and did nothing. In fact, Obama imposed a package of sanctions on Russia back in January, which included ejecting 35 Russian diplomats, closing two Russian compounds and sanctioning two Russian intelligence services.
Obama also paved the way for Trump to respond in a greater way. Before he left, he began a project to plant cyber weapons in Russia’s infrastructure. It was left up to Trump to carry out this plan to cripple Russia in a larger way.
Still, Sean Spicer asserts that “Trump is taking Russian cyberattacks seriously and said the administration is taking action — albeit quietly.” Spicer said:
‘The United States continues to combat on a regular basis malicious cyber activity, and will continue to do so without bragging to the media or defending itself against unfair media criticism.’
However, even some Republicans are beginning to think he hasn’t done enough to punish Russia’s actions. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said:
‘We haven’t done anything. We passed a bill through the Senate, and it’s hung up in the House. Tell me what we’ve done?’
Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. He faulted Obama for not doing enough but then strongly criticized the president saying this:
‘It is his duty, President Trump’s, to be skeptical of Russia. It’s his duty to investigate and defend our country against a cyber offensive because Russia is our most dangerous adversary in the world today. And if he continues to refuse to act it’s a dereliction of the basic duty to defend the country.’
‘I believe the Russians will absolutely continue to try to conduct influence operations in the US, which will include cyber intrusions.’
‘Intelligence experts disagree. They describe Russia’s actions as far from the usual foreign espionage attempts.’
‘There is no collusion & no obstruction. I should be given apology!’
Meanwhile, it is up to other legislators to continue to investigate Russia’s interference. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) want to work together to create a commission of experts to oversee what happened with the cyber hacking into the election. The commission would not include any politicians and might be similar to the one formed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Once again, the president does not give the American people or the rest of the world any reason to trust him.
Exactly how could Russia hack an election? Watch this video:
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