On Thursday, President Barack Obama announced that sanctions would be made against Russia as part of a retaliation measure for the Russian government’s role in trying to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. President-elect Donald Trump had little to say about this, other than that we should “move on to bigger and better things.” Obviously, Trump is not upset about the hacks because they supposedly were in support of him winning the election.
Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to President Obama’s sanctions by saying that he wouldn’t take any kind of action against the United States to get them back for this. Instead, he is going to wait for the Trump administration to take office and then work with them from there. Trump responded to Putin’s statement with great praise for the leader. He posted the following message on Twitter: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan stated that they supported President Obama’s decision to sanction Russia for what they did. The sanction involves expelling certain Russian diplomats from the United States and preventing anyone from the Russian government to access two properties that the Russian government owns in the United States.
President Obama also said that other retaliation measures would take place that won’t be publicized. There is no word yet as to what these other measures may be, but it doesn’t seem to be bothering President Putin one bit because he is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next administration in the White House.
Trump is continuing to get criticized for his friendliness with President Putin. Obama said that President Ronald Reagan would be spinning in his grave if he knew how cozy the next president was being with the leader of Russia.