Trump Demands Probe of Obama Response to Russia Election Meddling

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 21, 2018

Trump and his top aides, in an attempt to protect the President and the White House from a steady stream of stories about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into election meddling, has started to fault the Obama administration for not doing enough when the former president was in control.

The timing of the event was an interesting one, given how today was the first White House briefing in a week--meaning she got asked about everything from the Florida shooting to the latest Russian Federation news to pretty much everything else that's happened.

In another tweet, Trump said, "I have been much tougher on Russian Federation than Obama, just look at the facts".

After the election, in the last weeks of his presidency, Obama issued sanctions against nine Russian individuals and entities for election meddling.

Obama confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in China in 2016, something Trump has yet to forcefully do in meetings with the Russian leader.

NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker asked Sanders on Tuesday whether Trump acknowledges that Russian Federation meddled in the election in light of the highly-detailed list of allegations released by Mueller's office last week. "You can only ask so many times", Trump said in November from Da Nang, Vietnam.

The FBI told the White House staff a year ago that Rob Porter beat his ex-wives, but like everything else, the White House had to lie about when they found out.

"He said he didn't meddle".

Welker asked why, if Trump believes the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered, he hasn't enforced the sanctions he signed into law last August which were passed by Congress to punish Russian Federation for its actions.

"It's very clear that Russian Federation meddled in the election", she said.

During his last two years in office, Obama imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and entities for election meddling, kicked out 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Kremlin compounds in the United States. "That law also says that the countries have to violate something in order for those sanctions to go in place, and that hasn't necessarily happened".

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