Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on former President Barack Obama accusing the former president of failing to act on Russian “meddling” during the election last year.
Lashing out at Mr Obama on Twitter, the President wrote: “Since the Obama Administration was told way before the 2016 Election that the Russians were meddling, why no action? Focus on them, not T!”
The tweet came a day after the Washington Post detailed the Obama administration’s cautious approach to punishing the Russian government for its hacking campaign – apparently signed off by Russian President Vladimir Putin – intended to politically damage Hillary Clinton and swing the election in Mr Trump’s favour.
The Obama administration is believed to have found out about the hacking in August 2016, but officials were wary of releasing the information to the public for fear of being accused of interfering in the election themselves.
One official claimed that the administration had “sort of choked” in not acting more quickly, a point Mr Trump jumped on in a second tweet: “Obama Administration official said they ‘choked’ when it came to acting on Russian meddling of election. They didn’t want to hurt Hillary?”
The slow response by the Obama administration was also a result of confidence in Ms Clinton’s campaign winning the election. Throughout the fall, as November crept closer, Democrats saw many signs that their candidate would ultimately win: She had three strong debate performances against Mr Trump, polls showed her with an impressive lead most of the time, and Mr Trump appeared to have an incredible capacity for inflicting harm on his campaign just by making controversial remarks on stage.
The Obama administration considered retaliatory measures against Moscow after they learned about the extent of the meddling, including potentially compiling a personal dossier on Vladimir Putin that could be released to embarrass him. They also considered planting “cyber weapons” in Russian…