US President Barack Obama Threatens Russia Over US Election Hacking Allegations
America’s President Barack Obama on Friday threatened to “do stuff” to Russia over alleged attempts by Russia to influence the 2016 elections.
Obama defended his earlier response to suspicions that Russia hacked the 2016 election and threaten retaliation against those plotting cyber attacks against America.
Obama Threatens Russia: We Can Do Stuff To You
President Obama in his address said:
“Our goal continues to be to send a clear message to Russia, and others, to not do this.
“Because we can do stuff to you.”
He urged that U.S. investigations of cyber attacks should not become a “political football.”
Obama, during his final scheduled news conference of 2016 said:
“I think we handled it the way it should have been handled.”
President Obama also stated that he was most concerned with the possibility that Russian hackers would undermine the vote count itself.
He said that he told Russian President Vladimir Putin to “cut it out” in September when they last met in China.
“In early September when I saw President Putin in China, I felt that the most effective way to ensure that that didn’t happen was to talk to him directly.
“And tell him to cut it out. And there were going to be serious consequences if he didn’t.
“And in fact, we did not see further tampering of the election process.”
Obama blamed “the highest level” of the Russian government for the hacks. noting that “not much happens in Russia” without Putin giving the green light.
He noted that “not much happens in Russia” without Putin giving the green light.
Obama Threatens Russia With “Action” For Hacking US Elections
The president said that neither he nor U.S. intelligence agencies initially ascribed motives for the Russian hacks but merely confirmed that they occurred.
“In this hyperpartisan atmosphere, at a time when my primary concern was making sure that the integrity of the election process was not in any way damaged.
“At a time when anything that was said by me or anyone in the White House would immediately be seen through a partisan lens.
“I wanted to make sure that everyone understood that we were trying to play this thing straight.”
Obama, while opening the press conference, urged that the hacks should not be a partisan issue.
He did, however, note recent polling that showed a jump in Republicans’ approval ratings of Putin.
He affirmed that even former president “Ronald Reagan would roll over in his grave.”
Obama also suggested that Russia is “a weaker country” than the United States.
He did also add that “they can impact us if we lose track of who we are. They can impact us if we abandon our values.”
Obama’s statements on Russia comes amid a stark disagreement with his Republican successor, Donald Trump over the Russian government’s efforts to influence the election results.