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“This likely will box in the Trump administration, if not legally then certainly politically, because it’s going to be hard for the administration to come in and say on day one all the reports were untrue, the FBI was wrong, the CIA was wrong,” said Eric Lorber, a senior adviser at the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “It will be difficult for the incoming administration to make that argument to the American people and say the sanctions should be completely done away with."
Obama’s action was the second time in a week that his administration moved forcefully in its final weeks on an issue where Trump has signaled he intends a drastic change in course. The U.S. abstained in the United Nations Security Council, allowing passage of a resolution condemning Israeli settlements. Signaling he’ll make a quick about-face on criticism of Israel, Trump tweeted on Wednesday, “Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!”
Trump Left a Tough Choice by Obama Sanctions on Russian Hacking
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originally posted by: Boadicea
a reply to: Profusion
I really don't see this as any kind of problem for Trump. He'll do whatever he wants to do and be totally supported by his supporters... and totally vilified by his detractors... same old same old. Trump didn't win playing the political establishment game, and I don't think he's going to start now. This is a slap to the voters as well, especially Trump's voters, and he's going to play to them.
The people know that even if Russia did hack the DNC, and even if they did pass that info on to Wikileaks/Assange to be published -- and the second part is the big "if" -- then the people voted against Hillary because of her dirty deeds and associations revealed... not because the DNC is hacked.
No one said, "Uh oh! The Russians hacked the DNC so now I have to vote for Trump!"
Rather, people said, "Oh no! Hillary is a dirty dog and that's why I'm voting for Trump."
I get the feeling these sanctions are just one step in Obama's end game. Not just for optics. Maybe to disrupt something? Maybe to get a chance to hide something? I don't know. I just don't know what the end game is.
There is no end game.
Russia interfered in the American election. You commit the crime, don't whine when you have to do the time.
You people keep saying that because Russia exposed something it excuses their actions. It certainly does not.
originally posted by: Sillyolme
a reply to: Boadicea
No they just kept hearing stuff every day. Every day it was nothing but it was constant and for many it was enough to cast doubts.
Trump didn't win because he's better.
And I predict his total and complete failure.
Obama’s action was the second time in a week that his administration moved forcefully in its final weeks on an issue where Trump has signaled he intends a drastic change in course.