President Donald Trump has responded to the news that the special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three entities for their role in meddling in the 2016 election by hammering former President Barack Obama's handling of the attack.
"Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election. So why didn’t he do something about Russian meddling?" Trump tweeted on Monday.
Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election. So why didn’t he do something about Russian meddling?
Mueller's indictments lay out evidence of a coordinated Russian information offensive that began in 2014.
In August 2016, the CIA told the White House that Russian President Vladimir Putin had personally ordered intelligence agencies to interfere in the 2016 election to help elect Donald Trump, The Washington Post reported.
Obama said nothing to the U.S. public of the election interference until October of 2016. A later report from the Post quoted a senior Obama administration official as saying the response to Russia's hacking "is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend," adding, "I feel like we sort of choked."
Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, together through the years
Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, together through the years
Ivanka Trump speaks along side her father US President Donald Trump following a tour of the H&K Equipment Company in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania on January 18, 2018.
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Participants of the ""Launch Event Women's Entrepreneur Finance Initiative", among them (L-R) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, US President Donald Trump,, the daughter of the US President Ivanka Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend the "Women's Entrepreneurship Finance Event" at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Patrik STOLLARZ/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump listens to his daughter Ivanka speak during a visit to Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump walk toward Air Force One as they depart Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
White House senior advisor Jared Kushner (top L) and his wife Ivanka Trump (top C) look on as U.S. President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump participate in a wreath-laying at the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump (R), joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, his daughter Ivanka Trump and his granddaughter Arabella Kushner, gives a fist-pump when schoolchildren tell him their two goals are "college and heaven" during a visit to their classroom at Saint Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Florida, U.S. March 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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(L-R) Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Tiffany Trump and Ivanka Trump attend an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Trump International Hotel in Washington U.S., October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) speaks at the opening of his Turnberry golf course, in Turnberry, Scotland, Britain June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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Doral Golf Resort owner Donald Trump (L) poses with Britian's Justin Rose (C) and daughter Ivanka Trump after Rose won the WGC-Cadillac Championship PGA golf tournament at the Doral Golf Resort in Doral, Florida, March 11, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
Donald Trump (C), flanked by his children Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., addresses the media in Chicago May 10, 2006. Trump was in Chicago to speak about his Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago that is being built on the old site of the Chicago Sun-Times building on the north side of the Chicago River. REUTERS/Stephen J. Carrera
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(L-R) Real estate developer Donald Trump and his children Eric, Ivanka, and Donald Jr., attend a press conference at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago on September 24, 2008. Trump's 1,360-foot (414.5-meter), 92-story tower is expected to be finished in six months and will stand as the second-tallest building in Chicago, after the Sears Tower. AFP PHOTO/Amanda Rivkin (Photo credit should read Amanda Rivkin/AFP/Getty Images)
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In October 2016, Obama addressed Trump's frequent claims that the election was or would be rigged against him, essentially telling him to stop complaining.
"There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections, there’s no evidence that that has happened in the past or that it will happen this time, and so I'd invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and make his case to get votes," Obama said.
“There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections, there’s no evidence that that has happened in the past or that it will happen this time, and so I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and make his case to get votes.” .....
Trump tweeted that quote on Tuesday morning, and responded to it by saying: "That’s because he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win and he didn’t want to 'rock the boat.' When I easily won the Electoral College, the whole game changed and the Russian excuse became the narrative of the Dems."
....The President Obama quote just before election. That’s because he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win and he didn’t want to “rock the boat.” When I easily won the Electoral College, the whole game changed and the Russian excuse became the narrative of the Dems.
Obama began his presidency in 2009 by having his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton at the time, press a "reset" button with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. During a Russian-backed insurgency in Ukraine, Obama never moved to provide the country with weapons that could actually kill.
In that same year, Russia invaded and illegally annexed Crimea to a muted U.S. and NATO response. The next year, Russia stepped into the opposite side of the Syrian civil war with air support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, who immediately began bombing U.S. allies.
Trump authorized a strike on a Syrian air base that U.S. intelligence sources claim was involved in chemical weapons attacks on civilians. The Trump administration blamed Russia for the presence of chemical weapons in Syria, citing a 2013 agreement between Putin and Obama that said Moscow would step in and remove the weapons.
Additionally, Trump has taken on Russia's ally, Iran, with an explicit strategy to counter its influence in Syria, while Obama was seen as largely tolerant of Iran's agenda in Syria as he pursued the Iran nuclear deal.
To critics who want to see the U.S. do more to deter Putin, both presidents have come up short.