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Trump: ‘Why no action’ from Obama on Russian meddling?

President Trump on Saturday railed against former President Barack Obama for failing to act more aggressively in response to Russia’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 election, suggesting that his slow response was intended to avoid damaging Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“Since the Obama Administration was told way before the 2016 Election that the Russians were meddling, why no action? Focus on them, not T!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“Obama Administration official said they “choked” when it came to acting on Russian meddling of election. They didn’t want to hurt Hillary?” Trump continued in another tweet.

The tweet came a day after a bombshell Washington Post report detailed the Obama administration’s slow and cautious approach to punishing the Russian government for its hacking and influence campaign intended to politically damage Hillary Clinton and swing the election in Trump’s favor.

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According to the Post, Obama and top officials became aware of Russia’s activities in August 2016. But the president was wary of acting on the matter out of concern that such action could be misconstrued as White House interference in the election.

What’s more, the widespread assumption among Democrats that Clinton would easily sweep the November election contributed to the lack of urgency in addressing Russia’s meddling.

Obama eventually imposed a modest punishment, including targeted economic sanctions, the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the U.S. and the seizure of two Russian diplomatic compounds.A special counsel and multiple congressional committees are investigating Russia’s role in the election, as well as possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Trump has denied any coordination with Russian officials and has called the investigations a “witch hunt” to hamper the work of his administration. 

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