Trump Questions Predecessor's Response to Russian Meddling

24 February, 2018, 09:31 | Author: Barbara Daniel
  • Former Trump campaign advisor Michael Caputo said there was'no doubt Russia meddled in elections

In previous tweets last summer, Trump charged that Obama ignored the cyberattacks from the Russians because he was convinced that Hillary Clinton would be the victor.

The American people must demand protection for our country from future "information warfare" conducted by Russian Federation to sabotage our elections, undermine our democracy and help elect a United States president of Putin's choosing.

The president's Twitter eruption began late Saturday night, when he accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation of having missed signals that could have prevented the school shooting because it was "spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign".

WASHINGTON-The Trump administration on Wednesday disputed criticism that it is going easy on Russian Federation, detailing what senior officials described as a year of efforts to counter Moscow's interference in the USA elections and interventions in Ukraine and Syria.

The problem, as journalists including Nicholas Thompson of Wired pointed out, is that Goldman was seemingly absolving Russian Federation of meddling in the election by only looking at the investigation through the lens of Facebook ads.

And while Facebook and Mueller's indictment focus on the Russian Internet Research Agency, some in Congress have suggested there could be additional "troll farms" working to infiltrate USA social media.

Also Wednesday, President Trump again questioned why the former Obama administration is not under investigation for not stopping Russian election interference in 2016.

"Some Defendants, posing as USA persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities", the indictment read.

On Wednesday, Trump appeared to suggest in a tweet that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should investigate Obama concerning Russia's meddling. The Russians or other foreign actors will find new ways to intervene. On Tuesday, Trump's press secretary seemed to throw caution and coherence to the wind.

The Russians wanted to boost Trump, but as a Facebook executive noted, most of their spending on Facebook ads came after the election. "Trump is weak, refusing to provide border security from Russian attacks", he tweeted defiantly. Rivera said on Twitter on Sunday that he had seen firsthand that the president "was deeply affected" by the time he had spent with victims, "impressed by their courage" and "equally distressed by the savagery of their wounds".

"When I easily won the Electoral College, the whole game changed and the Russian excuse became the narrative of the Dems (Democrats)", he added in his tweet.

Could Trump be so lacking in knowledge about Russian Federation and national security that he does not understand the danger of Putin's attack against America and refuses to lead a condemnation of it or organize a program to defeat it?

"I mean, it could be Russian Federation". So would it really make sense to say that Russian social media messages, encouraging African-American votes in Milwaukee to vote for Jill Stein, "tipped" the election-even if it could be shown (as of course it cannot) that the Russian posts, rather than any other pro-Stein messages, caused a sufficient shift of votes from Clinton to Stein?

But we can not afford to view foreign attacks on USA democracy through a partisan lens.

Facebook Inc said the company will start using postcards to verify potential ad buyers live in the US before selling campaign ads.

We can't help but wonder why Trump is so protective and admiring of Putin no matter what he does. "And what do we do to prepare the public for more of the same in the next election?"



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