Speaking to NPR, President Obama made it clear that his administration plans to take action against Russia for their unprecedented interference in the U.S. presidential election:Damn. And right. And YES.
In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep that will air Friday on Morning Edition, Obama said, 'I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections … we need to take action. And we will — at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be.'U.S. intelligence officials have a "high level of confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally orchestrated the intrusion into our electoral process.
With few exceptions, Republicans in Congress are doing little to nothing to properly respond to this appalling violation of our democracy, on which Obama also commented:
'The irony of all this, of course, is that for most of my presidency, there's been a pretty sizable wing of the Republican Party that has consistently criticized me for not being tough enough on Russia,' he said. 'Some of those folks during the campaign endorsed Donald Trump, despite the fact that a central tenet of his foreign policy was we shouldn't be so tough on Russia. And that kind of inconsistency I think makes it appear, at least, that their particular position on Russia on any given day depends on what's politically expedient.'
The President will hold a press conference today at 2:15pm ET.