“Obama put trump on the spot”: the media’s response to new sanctions


The New York Times

Although this certainly may not be enough to ensure action has been taken too late, but there is no doubt of the correctness of the decision of President Obama to retaliate against Russia for hacking American computers and attempts to influence the result of the presidential election in 2016.

With his hand would have been much irresponsible to leave his post next month to allow President Vladimir Putin to think that he may with impunity attempt to undermine American democracy. This would be especially dangerous legacy, given the alarming proximity of the elected President of Donald trump Putin and his stubborn refusal to agree with the conclusion of American intelligence agencies that cyber attacks Russia helped him and beat Hillary Clinton.

Before it was announced Obama’s decision, President-elect dismissively told reporters that Americans should “go about their lives” and forget about the hacking scandal. This idea is much more desired than real.

The Washington Post

The Obama administration announced a new, radical measures against Russia in response to what U.S. officials characterize as interference in the election of the presidential race. From the country of the exiled Russian “scouts” sanctions imposed on Russian government agencies and of persons suspected of involvement in hacking U.S. computer systems.

Acts committed by Obama only a few weeks before leaving the White house, became the climax which lasts for several months within the U.S. debate about how to respond to provocations committed by the Russian side. In recent months, the FBI and the CIA concluded that Russia has repeatedly intervened in the election of the US President in 2016, creating information to help Donald Trump win over Hillary Clinton.

The decision on new sanctions is an act of Executive power, so it can be cancelled next administration. But these Obama’s actions, performed before leaving the White house will certainly have a lot of pressure on trump, who previously had largely to fend off accusations against Russia.

Politico

Sanctions US President Barack Obama will be a big test for Republicans in Congress, who are torn between the formed over the past decades the principles of his party and the cordial relations of its new standard-bearer with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Democrats have already attempted to exploit this rift by developing legislation that will make it difficult to Trump the ability to unilaterally roll back a new anti-Russian sanctions Obama.

The goal of their actions is to put Republicans in a difficult position in which they can either soften its longstanding hostility to Russia, thereby giving the opportunity to accuse him of hypocrisy, or to challenge Trump, who a day earlier, in fact, refused the accusations of Russia, saying that “we need to go about their lives.”

USA Today

Everything is clear as day: Obama put trump in his continued failure to criticize the Russian leader to accept evidence that Russia intervened in the presidential campaign by hacking servers of the National Committee of the Democratic party and high-ranking members of team Hillary Clinton.

Trump will be able to cancel new sanctions after the swearing in on January 20. However, a senior representative of the Obama administration already said that such actions trump can be committed to them only if he wants the return of a large number of Russian agents back to the United States.

Any attempt by trump to lift the sanctions can also drive a wedge between him and Republican leaders on Capitol hill. Influential Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham said they would do everything possible to conduct in the new Congress for tougher sanctions against Russia.

Chicago Tribune

Today marked the lowest point in U.S. relations with Russia, which suffered greatly during the years of the Obama administration, which took place in his constant battles with Putin over Ukraine, Snowden and Bashar al-Assad. The representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova even wrote in his Facebook post, in which he called the Obama administration “a group of angry and narrow-minded foreign policy losers.”

The new sanctions are unlikely to have a significant effect on the activity of Russian intelligence in the United States. They freeze any U.S. assets falling under the suspicion of persons and prohibit U.S. citizens have common cause with them. This prohibition, representatives of the intelligence agencies on the possession of assets in the United States is already contained in the Russian legislation, as regards to some events on the American territory, to define their place and participants will be problematic due to the fact that they will be of a clandestine nature.

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