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Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary

Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary”

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer said that many of Trump's policy advisers have become frustrated with Trump's unwillingness to adopt a more measured and critical approach to Russian Federation despite the political cost he's incurred for the failure.

His words were partly echoed by another Democrat, Ron Wyden, a member of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, who said he was "troubled, learning this new information that the Obama administration didn't do more", AFP reports.

"He signed very early on a cybersecurity executive order and has an entire task force, they met just this week, and it's headed up by his homeland security adviser, taking into account what foreign governments may be doing", she said.

Trump also questioned why Obama administration officials took no action on Russian Federation before the election.

Trump, who described the probe into alleged ties between his aides and Russian Federation as a "witch hunt", seemed to have accepted that Russian Federation interfered with 2016 U.S. election in a post on Twitter. "Since the Obama Administration was told way before the 2016 Election that the Russians were meddling, why no action?" he wrote. "Why didn't they stop them?"

The WaPo story describes the alleged election interference as the "crime of the century" in political terms, claiming that, in response, Obama had authorized the infection of Russia's infrastructure so as to create the "digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated if the United States found itself in an escalating exchange with Moscow".

The Post said Obama issued four warnings to the Russians - including one he delivered directly to Putin - causing Moscow to pull back on possible plans to sabotage U.S. voting operations.

"One of the candidates, as you'll recall, was predicting that the election was going to be rigged in some way", Johnson said.

On Friday, Democrats, who were on the same page with Trump, accused former President Obama for failing to act following the report by the Washington Post. Obama also should have let the voters know about Russia's actions while the campaign was still under way, he said.

"I understand the analysis, but look where we are right now. And I hardly see it [in the media]", Trump said.

Other onlookers point to then-ongoing and extremely delicate negotiations with Russian Federation over a ceasefire in Syria.

"It's the Obama administration responsible for doing absolutely nothing from August to January with the knowledge that Russian Federation was hacking into our election". The White House is now lobbying against the bill.

"For Donald Trump, who openly egged on the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton's emails and celebrated every release of these stolen documents, to criticize Obama now is a bit like someone knowingly receiving stolen property blaming the police for not stopping the theft", Schiff said.

Other former officials are less confident that Obama went far enough in his response.

"Wow, did we mishandle this", a former administration official told the newspaper.



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