Trump: Obama Should Have Stopped That Thing I Said Never Happened

Former reality show star Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that the Russians did not meddle in the 2016 election. He knows this because he said Russian President Vladimir Putin told him he didn’t do it. Case closed! Or, maybe not. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein held a press conference on Friday to announce that 12 Russian intelligence officers are now charged in the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). 11 of the defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit computer crimes, eight counts of aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy to launder money. Two defendants are charged with a separate conspiracy to commit computer crimes, according to the indictment.

Trump knows exactly whose fault it is. Even though he lifted the Russia sanctions President Barack Obama imposed and has refused to address election meddling, he says it’s his predecessor’s fault.

“The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration,” Trump tweeted from Scotland before playing a round of golf. “Why didn’t they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election?”

Two words: Mitch McConnell.

When Obama tried to push a response to Russian election interference in September 2016, it was Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell who stopped it by refusing to sign on to a bipartisan statement of condemnation. In contrast, Trump has repeatedly praised Putin and is expected to meet with him privately next week, with no Americans in the room.

Obama not only imposed new sanctions on Russia, but he also responded by expelling 35 Russian diplomats in December 2016.

Lawmakers have called for Trump to cancel his meeting next week with Putin after Rosenstein announced Mueller’s latest indictment, but the White House dismissed their concerns.

A real leader would be FURIOUS with Russia, outraged, that the data of 500,000 Americans has been stolen, a campaign was hacked, emails were taken, and a list of other offenses. This country has been attacked and its so-called president is responding by spending a little executive time with Putin. Even worse, Republicans just don’t seem to care.

If Trump now thinks Russia interfered in our election and its Obama’s fault, then why is responding by meeting with the Russian leader in Helsinki, unless that, too, is his predecessor’s fault.


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