After spending months Denying the Russian attacks on the American political system as “fake news” in a big way, President Donald Trump and his allies have adopted a new strategy: finally and firmly reducing them to … the Obama administration and Obama As an artifact of administration.
This set of talking points is not only a self-revisionist history, but it is also a dangerous posture given the fact that this intervention continues and only figures are deteriorating.
This was not the first time that the administration removed this completely serious line of reasoning. “If all Russian mediation took place during the Obama administration just before January 20, why are they not the subject of investigation?” Trump tweeted last weekRaising the subversive notion of prosecuting a predecessor administration for anonymous (and, almost certainly, fictional) crimes. The day before, Sanders told the press “not to forget that it took place under the Obama administration” regarding political arbitration.
To be sure, as I’ve written before (see here And here), With legitimate criticisms being made on President Barack Obama and his team for dealing with the Russian cyber attack (though no credible one has suggested).
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But the blame for the 2016 Russian attacks and Obama’s handling of America’s handling of the blame lay on the benefit of Trump’s partisan allies – not surprisingly. Criticisms of Team Trump essentially omitted the fact that Obama and the intelligence community wanted to make a strong statement about Russian interference during the campaign, but most of the Senate leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Threatened to condemn any attempt such as partisan politics.
However, more importantly, on January 20, 2017, the Russian attack halted.
It flies because of public announcements by Trump’s own national security team. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Earlier this month it was said that Russia is already concentrating in our elections; Head of intelligence community next week Told the same to the Senate Intelligence Committee. “Clearly, America is under attack,” said National Intelligence director Dan Kot.
Adam. Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and US Cyber Command, re-echoed the warning on Tuesday, saying that the Senate Armed Services Committee was obliged to continue the Russians because the US government did not do enough to detain them is. “Everything, as a director of the NSA and everything I’m looking at on behalf of the cyber command, gives me confidence that if we don’t change the dynamic here, it will continue and 2016 is not considered isolated Will “” Rogers said. “This is something that will persist over time.” He said: “Frankly, what we have done is not enough.”
Sanders ‘comments came in response to questions from Rogers’ testimony on Tuesday Trump has not even ordered him Working to disrupt the Russian cyber attack at their source.
Experts tracking Russian influence activity on social media say they saw a clear rise in recent weeks, particularly around the #ReleaseTheMemo push. “The activity around this hashtag was different in that it was much more focused, amplified and expanded,” Jonathan Morgan of New Knowledge told POLITICO. “I think this is a good case study in which it seems like someone actually turns up on the machine.” Parkland, Florida Hell after school shooting Dove in russian bot right To incite division and discontent.
So no, “all attention” did not come under the Obama administration. And as Rogers said, our government has given Russian President Vladimir Putin every reason not only to continue these operations but to get them on the ramp.
What is Trump up to? First, of course, he is blaming Obama, As he goes to. But in view of Russian hacking for Obama’s term, he allows him to cut it short (compelled to do so by special counsel Robert Muller) Recent litigation) While simultaneously lessening and continuing to dismiss it. And he is ridiculed for his duty as president because he is suggesting that the threat has passed when it is actually going on. At a time when a competent leader would be educating and / or rallying the nation about our politics and a foreign government trying to interfere with our society, or at least to stop people like Rogers doing everything to stop it Instructing to do, Trump is essentially saying: Nothing to see here, move on.
This is a problem because, incredibly, one of the country’s elite considers him; They believed that hacking was fake news and now it is necessary to believe that the current hacking is fake news. It is difficult for the country to defend itself if we cannot even believe that there is a danger.
And what does it pick up David Frum of the Atlantic, A former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, recently called “a big and deep question … to what extent does President Trump – to what extent Congressional Republicans – help his party in the 2018 cycle To see Russian interference? ” “As Frum said, 15 months of inaction have” weakened the 2018 elections as much as the 2016 elections, because of Russian interference on their behalf. … [So] You might wonder if the president does not welcome that help in private, as he publicly welcomed WikiLeaks’ help in the summer of 2016. “
Sanders argued on Tuesday that the administration is working both internally and with its allies to escalate the Russian invasion, but Obama’s lack of currency and more direct action tells another story. Maybe there are other explanations for why Trump wants to ignore the ongoing attack on our political system and our society. Or maybe he wants to do his hacking and even condemns it.