Trump accuses Obama of Russian Federation meddling claim inaction

President Donald Trump has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of inaction over alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election in 2016.

Trump was likely referencing a Washington Post story published on Friday that reported Barack Obama's administration had intelligence last August describing Russian meddling in the presidential election. Trump notes "election meddling by Russia" in tweet criticizing Obama Former Obama advisor calls Fox "state sanctioned media" MORE's campaign.

In a tweet, he blamed his predecessor, writing that President Obama knew of Russia's efforts before the November 8 election but did nothing to stop them. "Did nothing about it. WHY?"

The comments marked a rare admission by Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly declined to say definitively that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 campaign.

At least one Democrat lawmaker is willing to call out the Obama administration for the "serious mistake" of not acting sooner on suspected Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

"Focus on them, not T!" the President wrote Saturday.

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It took time for other parts of the intelligence community to endorse the CIA's view.

The BuzzFeed report about the letters came the same day as a Washington Post report that provided a look inside the Obama administration's response to and decision-making about Russian Federation.

President Trump tried to push his own possible collusion with Russian Federation scandal onto Hillary Clinton Sunday morning since the blame Obama tactic failed to stick. "Resist, obstruction. That's not what they want".

He provided no explanation or evidence for why this would have helped Clinton.

The memo reportedly featured elaborate details that Mr Putin had given to ensure Hillary Clinton of the Democrats was defeated.

Complacency may have also undercut the administration's efforts to punish Russian Federation. "I think they were concerned about being perceived as interfering in the election, trying to tip the scales for Hillary Clinton".

By his final weeks, aside from warnings and rhetoric, Obama had approved only narrow sanctions and a plan to plant "cyberweapons in Russia's infrastructure" - if the next president so chose. The Washington Post said its reports were based on accounts provided by more than three dozen current and former United States officials in senior positions in government, most of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity. Obama also considered deploying cyber weapons in Russian Federation and releasing secret information about Putin that ultimately didn't happen. "Why didn't they stop them", he tweeted.

But they said they also faced obstacles: Sen.

"Nothing like the extensive hacking effort and manipulation effort could occur without his involvement", the Oregon Democrat told CNN's Alisyn Camerota. Jeff Merkley said Friday on CNN's "New Day". "Now we actually know: Yes, Putin directed it".

To collude is to "come to a secret understanding for a harmful goal; conspire", which is not what Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party did in the primary.

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