Recently, the Obama-led administration sanctioned against key Russian intelligence agencies, for their alleged interference in the 2016 election, and Kellyanne Conway recently responded to it.
Following the US sanction against Russia, Kellyanne Conway, a top aide to President-elect Donald Trump has speculated that Obama’s sanction maybe aimed at restricting President-elect Trump’s foreign policy towards Russia.
Kellyanne Conway, having managed Donald Trump’s campaign, will serve as one of Trump’s counselors in the White House. She posited that Obama was trying to cause problems for the incoming government by issuing the sanctions barely weeks before leaving the White House.
Speaking to CNN’s Kate Bolduan on the programme ‘OutFront’, Conway said:
“I will tell you that even those who are sympathetic to President Obama on most issues are saying that part of the reason he did this today was to quote ‘box in’ President-elect Trump.
“That would be very unfortunate if politics were the motivating factor here. We can’t help but think that’s often true.”
She also suggested that focusing on Russia’s alleged involvement in the DNC hacking was a distraction.
“All we heard through the election was ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’
“Since the election, it’s just this fever pitch of accusations and insinuations.”
According to Conway, the factor that lost Hillary Clinton the election was more about her failed campaign strategy and less about the hacks targeted at the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta – Clinton’s campaign chairman.
“I don’t believe Vladimir Putin deterred her from competing in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.”
She also weighed in on the Obama policy on Israel, referring to the UN resolutions against Israeli settlement in the West Bank as some kind of sactions.
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In response to the sanctions on Israel, Donald Trump called for the US to move on and focus on more important issues.
His statement said:
“It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. 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.”
Although it is politically within Trump’s power, when he becomes the next president, to reverse the sanction by executive order, many from the Democratic party have said it would be highly unlikely that Trump would do that.
But knowing President-elect Donald Trump’s knack for going against the politically correct move, it would make sense to expect him reverse the sanction as one of his first points of duty as President.