The 37-page indictment that emerged from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation on Friday, February 16, was a political bombshell; the stunning document charges that three companies and thirteen Russian nationals carried out a deliberate misinformation campaign created to sow division in the United States and sway voters toward Trump.
But then he tried to shift the discussion from Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to the United States.
Trump reissued a common complaint, accusing his predecessor of ignoring Russian cyberattacks because he thought Democrat Hillary Clinton would win the election.
Others, however, point out that the Russian meddling seems to have succeeded in suppressing Clinton support among key Democratic blocs, including black voters and young people, pushing them to stay home or to vote for a third-party candidate.
The move comes after Facebook came under fire for allowing Russians to run ads supporting Donald Trump in the last U.S. presidential election. "The National Rifle Association is being looked at for having laundered money, Sean Hannity says, "#release the memo" (the Nunes memo) just like the Russian bots, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy are on tape discussing Trump and Russia's connection.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to a question at the White House press briefing Tuesday about whether President Trump "finally accepts" that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election from NBC's Kristen Welker. "We are now starting to win again!" said Trump.
Trump said he's tougher on Russian Federation than Obama was - despite the fact that the latter imposed strong sanctions on the Kremlin while he was still in office.
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With relations between the West and Russian Federation at a low ebb, Moscow's actions during the United States election are perhaps understandable, although inexcusable.
After summing Trump's numerous attack tweets, Smith stated: "The president's spokespersons have been on television denouncing the meddling, the president has not".
The allegations of Russian interference and collusion with the Trump campaign are being investigated by several congressional committees and by special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
The president, most of all, needs to acknowledge that, and he and Congress must focus on finding ways to ensure Russian Federation can't do the same in 2018 and beyond. He clarified his statement calling the investigations into Russia's connection a "hoax".
Welker, a former anchor for NBC-10 in Philadelphia, followed up by asking why Trump has not yet enforced new sanctions against the country that were passed by Congress previous year, if he indeed acknowledged meddling on behalf of the Kremlin.