Based on information provided by 17 different government agencies, subsequently confirmed by the FBI, President Barack Obama now strongly supports the notion that the Russians, and maybe Vladimir, are responsible for hacking into the DNC’s computer. This resulted in them wrongfully influencing the Presidential Election in favor of President-elect Donald Trump.
Regarding Putin’s possible involvement, President Obama said to reporters, “Not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin,” later adding “I will let you make that determination as to whether there are high-level Russian officials who go off rogue and decide to tamper with the U.S. election process without Vladimir Putin knowing about it.”
While warning the Russians and promising some form of retaliation, the President commented, “The Russians can’t change us or significantly weaken us. They are a smaller country, they are a weaker country, their economy doesn’t produce anything that anyone wants to buy except oil and gas and arms. They don’t innovate. But they can impact us if we lose track of who we are. They can impact us if we abandon our values.”
Without any proof forthcoming, both Donal Trump and the Russians deny any involvement in the hacking that took place in October and at points prior in the election cycle. The situation has become serious enough for some electors to request the opportunity to see some of the evidence, if it exists, prior to casting the final electoral votes, confirming Trump as the U.S.’ next president.
At this point, President Obama wants all Americans to know he will deal with the situation in the harshest way possible. He stated, “Our goal continues to be to send a clear message to Russia or others not to do this to us because we can do stuff to you, but it is also important for us to do that in a thoughtful, methodical way. Some of it we do publicly. Some of it we will do in a way that they know but not everybody will.”