Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Trumps asks why Russian Federation probe doesn't include Obama administration

Trumps asks why Russian Federation probe doesn't include Obama administration

It has been a recurring theme for Trump in recent days: casting aspersions on several months-long investigations of his campaign's links to Russian interests during the run-up to the November 2016 election and afterward, and attempting to divert attention to the Obama administration that was in office ahead of the vote and for weeks after it.

Her defense comes days after special counsel Robert Mueller released a detailed indictment against 13 Russian nationals for allegedly interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.

President Donald Trump "has done a number of things to put pressure on Russia and be tough on Russia", Sanders said at the Tuesday briefing. She added, "No parent should ever have to wonder if their child will return home from school at the end of the day".

While Trump and even some Democrats have criticized the Obama administration for not speaking up enough on Russia's actions before the election, Obama did take some steps to reprimand the country.

Mike McCurry, who served as press secretary under Bill Clinton, challenged her a little on the White House waging a "war" against the press, telling her Trump has to "change the way he talks about the media".

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. Sanders said Trump "has been tougher on Russian Federation in the first year than Obama was in eight years combined".

"As the President has said many times, it is the right of every American child to grow up in a safe community", said Sanders. Trump said it would help the US save money with a diminished payroll in Russian Federation.

He also has yet to enact sanctions against the Kremlin, which Congress overwhelmingly approved previous year.

The State Department said earlier this month that just the law's existence deterred Russian defense sales and that it did not need to be additionally enforced.

The sanctions Sanders was referring to were initially announced by Obama in early 2017, as the intelligence community was concluding with high confidence that Russian Federation had meddled in the election.

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

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