Trump deflates Obama Russia sanctions in cool response
December 30, 2016
Late Thursday, US president-elect Donald Trump responded to the Obama administrations decision to sanction Russia over still unproven hacking claims.
(WASHINGTON, DC) President-elect Donald Trump offered a short response to President Barack Obama’s retaliatory measures against Russia.
“It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,” Trump said in a two-sentence statement released just after 6 p.m. EST. “Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.”
Obama announced a series of measures Thursday, which include the removal of 35 Russian operatives currently residing in the U.S. The individuals have 72 hours to leave the country.
Obama also announced that the Russians would no longer have access to two facilities used for intelligence gathering and as a retreat by Russian operatives and diplomats working in the United States. The Russian Federation maintained ownership of a 45 acre property on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Obama also said that there would be summary reports from specific intelligence agencies, set to be released before the end of his presidency.
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