Donald Trump, who has denied any Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election for over a year, is a sudden convert to the concept after Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian actors last Friday.
Trump thought the news of the indictments was good news for him. But, watching cable news over the weekend, Trump realizes most folks don’t see it that way.
The Donald has continually called the investigation into Russian meddling a “witch hunt.” And, as the New York Times noted, “has made little if any public effort to rally the nation to confront the Russians for their intrusion.”
The Trumpster’s latest tact is to blame President Obama who Trump claims “did nothing.”
That isn’t true though.
Obama directly addressed Vladimir Putin about the transgressions as well as issued sanctions on Russia while expelling dozens of Russian diplomats in the aftermath of the meddling.
Trump expressed his frustrations via Twitter (for a change):
Finally, Liddle’ Adam Schiff, the leakin’ monster of no control, is now blaming the Obama Administration for Russian meddling in the 2016 Election. He is finally right about something. Obama was President, knew of the threat, and did nothing. Thank you Adam!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018
Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election. So why didn’t he do something about Russian meddling?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2018
Obama Admin sanctioned 4 Russian individuals & 5 entities incl GRU & FSB for election meddling. It also expelled 35 Russian diplomats & closed two Russian compounds. At the announcement Jan 2 2017, you said: “It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things.” https://t.co/KPqefYtnGm
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) February 19, 2018
As we noted in a previous check, the Obama administration publicly named the Russian government as the culprit, confronted Putin in person, and worked to secure U.S. election infrastructure — all while the intelligence agencies investigated the issue https://t.co/8o60XGEOMI https://t.co/AJKXxEFqVM
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) February 19, 2018
Even Fox News called Trump out on his lies:
Shepard Smith Smacks Down Trump’s Tweetstorm: ‘Not Once’ Has He Condemned Russia’s Meddling https://t.co/PyT4zgK9pe (VIDEO) pic.twitter.com/JRAJQr6hN9
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) February 19, 2018