U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday demanded that investigators apologize for looking into Russian interference and possible collusion with his 2016 election campaign, accusing predecessor President Barack Obama of having "colluded or obstructed", but he did not provide evidence. Doubling down in a Twitter storm today morning, he charged that Obama had "colluded and obstructed" by failing to act after the Central Intelligence Agency informed him President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an operation to help defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton last November.
Sean Spicer insists then-candidate Donald Trump was just "joking" a year ago during the race for the White House when he stood before cameras at a press conference and publicly asked Russian Federation to hack his Democratic opponent's emails.
Asking for an "apology", Trump denied that his campaign associates colluded with Russian Federation or that he obstructed the federal investigation into Moscow's actions.
After an extensive report was published last week by the Washington Post documenting President Obama's struggle to contain the 2016 Russian cyber threat, Mr. Trump accused the former president of letting domestic politics shape foreign policy decisions.
A Fox news interview with Trump will air on Sunday quoted Trump as stating: "If he had the information, why didn't he do something about it?"
Trump's criticism of Obama comes as questions remain about whether the White House intends to take any muscular action to punish the Kremlin or to shore up USA electoral defenses.
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Around the same time he made his "no effect" comment, Trump posted a tweet falsely claiming the intelligence community didn't believe Russian cyberattacks "affected the election results". With 4 months looking at Russian Federation ... under a magnifying glass, they have zero "tapes" of T people colluding.
Conway was referring to a quotation in the article by a former senior Obama administration official involved in the Russian Federation discussions who said the Obama White House's handling of the Russian Federation hacking was "the hardest thing" for him to defend from his time in government, and added, "I feel like we sort of choked".
During his presidential campaign, Trump frequently sought to muddy some of the criticism raised by his opponents.
Trump on Monday also went after the Democrats, blasting the party as obstructionists days after Senate Republicans released a draft of their plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
But Trump is on a new level of delusion if he thinks Obama's slap on the wrist translates to "collusion or obstruction". "They didn't take any action, does that make them complicit? You take any kind of precision out of public discourse so it can't be used against you", Fields said.
"I have not sat down and talked to him about that specific thing", Spicer said.