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Trump attacks Obama's handling of Russian meddling

29 June 2017
Trump attacks Obama's handling of Russian meddling

The underlying irony of Trump's anger is that he has not even stood behind the US intelligence reports about Russia's attacks, nor has he announced any of his own action over it. In just three days, he has made eight public statements about Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election. The White House is lobbying against the bill.

In addition, many observers warn that Putin is not to be trusted.

The covert measures followed intelligence gathered by the Central Intelligence Agency from inside the Russian government that convinced Obama and his intelligence chiefs that President Vladimir Putin of Russia had ordered cyberattacks against the USA with the intention of swaying the 2016 presidential election in favour of then-candidate Donald Trump. Trump said in another Twitter post yesterday.

She said the president is in an "impossible position". "He can't be too mean because Putin has long arms and KGB thinking".

Johnson specifically cited Trump's repeated claims on the campaign trail that the system was "rigged" against him. It did not respond to questions about the opposing views within the administration.

Reports have surfaced that the two leaders are likely to meet during the G20 summit next month.

Such a meeting would involve agreeing on a designated space for it, allowing media access and other diplomatic protocols involved in meetings between two heads of state.

Would Obama have faced criticism from Trump supporters? Putin and US officials later said the two leaders had made progress on issues related to Syria, which had strained their already tense relationship. "Obviously we've been dealing with a lot of other issues". "From national security people there was a sense of immediate introspection, of, "Wow, did we mishandle this'".

But amid confidence that Clinton still had the election in the bag and worries over Obama himself being seen as manipulating the election, the administration delivered warnings to Moscow but left countermeasures until after the vote.

In January, Trump acknowledged Russia had hacked the Democratic Party but he has since referred to investigations into Russian election meddling as a hoax or witch hunt.

Trump believes that additional countries could have tried to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, Spicer added. "If they aim for a homerun in Hamburg, my guess is they'll strike out".

Trump holds his first solo press conference as president. Obama anxious that any response before the election could "provoke an escalation" from Russian President Vladimir Putin or "be perceived as political interference in an already volatile campaign", according to the Post.