Angry US to Retaliate Against Russia’s Rigging American Elections in Trump’s Favor
The US intelligence community is in agreement that the Russians successfully rigged the recent American presidential elections to undermine American democracy and elect Donald Trump, who had adopted a friendlier tone towards Putin and Russia. Trump’s elections would serve Russia’s best interests. Trump had even asked Russia to interfere in the elections in his favor by publishing Hillary Clinton’s emails. When the Russians finally dumped Clintons’ hacked emails through Wikileaks, it stalled her momentum at a crucial time. This resulted in Trump eking out a narrow victory in the electoral college while losing the popular vote by more than 2 million. Thus, the will of Russia prevailed over the will of a majority of American voters, an unprecedented development of historical proportions.
President Obama, in an interview with Steve Inskeep of National Public Radio that will air on Friday morning, asserted that the United States will retaliate against Russia for its interference and meddling in the American electoral process. The American intelligence community have concluded that Russian influence successfully rigged the recent American elections to benefit Donald J. Trump. President Obama, under pressure to act on this serious national security threat to American democracy, stated, “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our election, we need to take action. And we will — at the time and place of our choosing.”
Meanwhile, President-elect Donald J. Trump refused to accept the intelligence reports of Russian meddling. He questioned on Twitter why the Obama administration had waited “so long to act” if indeed Russia “or some other entity” had carried out those cyberattacks. President Obama has given himself options through presidential executive order to impose economic sanctions or some other cyberattack against such cyber threats to the United States. It is yet to be seen which path will the president choose against Russia. Read more…