Trump goes on tweetstorm blasting Obama for 'failures' in dealing with Russia's election meddling and Putin

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.

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."

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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.

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 Post's report also indicated that Obama may not have acted strongly because he, and every major polling firm, thought Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would win the election.

How do Trump and Obama's records on Russia compare?

While Obama's administration failed to deter a Russian hacking campaign aimed at influencing the election, and responded in a way that leads experts to believe that Russia will do it again, Trump has faced criticism for going soft on Putin.

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.

In response to the election meddling, Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the U.S. and issued new sanctions against Russia during his last month in office.

Trump frequently expresses a desire to make friends with Putin, and he recently declined to impose sanctions on Russia, instead saying new regulations to foreign military sales would undercut Russia's revenues. Military sales represent a considerable slice of Russia's trade with the world, and Trump has moved to loosen restrictions on the sale of U.S. military equipment.

Trump has also repeatedly denied Russia meddled in the election, only recently admitting to some interference.

But in other cases, Trump has seemed more willing to confront Russia and its allies. Trump did authorize the sale of lethal military aide to Ukraine. Under Trump, the U.S. military reportedly got into its largest fight with Russian nationals in perhaps 50 years, and may have killed as many of 300 of them.

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.

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