Well, it took a little longer than expected but Obama is finally putting his foot down and taking action against Russia. He announced today that, in response to Russian hackers’ interfering with the presidential election, he has order sanctions against the country, which will include the expulsion of 35 Russian operatives currently residing in the United States.
They have been given 72 hours to pack up their stuff and get out of the country. He was nice enough to post the following on Twitter, “Read the statement by @POTUS on US actions in response to Russian malicious cyber activity and harassment” and he attached a link to the executive order where you can read all about the sanctions.
In a statement regarding the sanctions, our elegant commander-in-chief had this to say, “All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions…[the hacks] could have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government” The Hill reported. But he didn’t stop there. President Obama had a bit more to say.
He continued, “Our diplomats have experienced an unacceptable level of harassment in Moscow by Russian security services and police over the last year. Such activities have consequences.” He then finished by mentioning that additional actions will continue “at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized.”
A spokesperson for the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has released a statement, saying Moscow “regrets” the sanctions and will think about possible “retaliatory measures,” as reported by the Associated Press. So hopefully this will teach Russia a lesson about tampering with our or any other country’s elections.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 29, 2016
Meanwhile, Trump continues to vehemently deny that Russia had any involvement in this election, but of course he’s going to say that. So we say kudos to Obama for giving them a firm but fair punishment and for keeping our country safe and secure once more.