Obama suggests voters should have cared more about Russian meddling

Obama suggests voters should have cared more about Russian meddling
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President Obama suggested in a new interview that voters should have cared more about Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential race.

“What is it about the state of our democracy where the leaks of what were frankly not very interesting emails, that didn’t have any explosive information in them, ended up being an obsession?” he asked in an interview on "The Daily Show" with Trevor Noah.

"And the fact that the Russians were doing this was not an obsession?"

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Obama referenced a time during the presidential race when President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE called for the Russians to hack former Democratic rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' The problem with Trump's Middle East peace plan Trump's Intel moves spark Democratic fury MORE's emails so the country could "finally find out what's going on and confirm our conspiracy theories."

"The real question that, I think, we all have to reflect on is what’s happened to our political system," Obama said, "where some emails that were hacked and released ended up being the overwhelming story and the constant source of coverage, breathless coverage that was depicted as somehow damning in all sorts of ways — when the truth of the matter was it was fairly routine stuff.”

The president also said he doesn't think it should have been shocking to voters that the CIA concluded Russia intervened in the U.S. presidential race to help Trump win the White House.

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“None of this should be a big surprise. This was reported on before the election,” Obama said.

“I don’t think there was any doubt among anybody in the media or among members of Congress as to who was being advantaged or disadvantaged by the political gossip that was being put out in drip, drip, drip fashion up to the election."

A secret CIA assessment concluded Russia intervened to help Trump win the presidency — allegations the president-elect has called "ridiculous" and said he doesn't believe.