After we published this, we got some stunning news. Go to our update.
Barack Obama, trying to appear tough after eight years of inaction, has initiated a series of retaliatory moves against Russia for the hacking the electoral process. No proof of hacking has yet been presented to the President-elect or Congress. Russia warned of a “proportional response” to Obama’s “paranoia”, adding that Russia is “tired of Obama’s lies about hackers”.
President Obama tossed 35 of Russia’s diplomats, something not even done during the Cold War. The expulsion of diplomats had nothing to do with the unproven crime of hacking. The Obama administration is calling the diplomats “operatives” though they have not been accused of having anything to do with the email hacking aka leaking.
The lame duck president also closed two Russian compounds in the U.S.
IFX previously reported that Russian Commissioner Foreign Ministry on human rights, democracy and the rule of law, Konstantin Dolgov exclaimed that “any anti-Russian sanctions are futile and counter-productive.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that Russia has no alternative than to make a proportional response, adding in a call with reporters that Moscow “doubted the effectiveness of the measures as the current U.S. presidential administration was stepping down in three weeks” while Duma Foreign Affairs head Slutsky slammed U.S. sanctions as “signs of real paranoia.”
Slutsky added that “without any grounds for it another round of extremely aggressive steps towards our country are being made basing only on mere assertions.”
The Russian minister announced an equivalent response would be recommended to President Putin to include tossing 35 of our diplomats and banning two buildings from use by diplomats, one is the Anglo-American school.
Putin said Russia would not act “in haste” because Donald Trump – who has been friendlier to Russia than Obama so far – was a “factor [that] will certainly be taken into account”, the BBC reported.
The Russian Embassy UK mocked Obama as a lame duck.
President Obama expels 35 🇷🇺 diplomats in Cold War deja vu. As everybody, incl 🇺🇸 people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm. pic.twitter.com/mleqA16H8D
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) December 29, 2016
“It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,” Trump said in a statement. “Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.”
Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain were highly critical of the President-elect’s comments. McCain said sarcastically, “I agree with President-elect Trump we have to get on with our lives without having our elections affected by any outside influence, especially Vladimir Putin who is a thug and a murderer.”
All that may be true and Putin might have hacked the Clinton and DNC emails, but where’s the evidence? Why can’t Trump try to work out a relationship with Putin without all this interference? Shall we go right to nuclear war instead?
Well that worked out well👇Russia retaliates against Obama sanctions by tossing 35 of our diplomats. Great job, Obama🙄pic.twitter.com/HiNlyUXH80
— Boston Bobblehead (@DBloom451) December 30, 2016