Even former Obama administration officials are starting to sour on the 44th president’s legacy.
During a recent appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Ash Carter — the former secretary of defense under Barack Obama — blew the lid off the claims that alleged Russian election meddling was Donald Trump’s fault.
Instead, Carter pointed a finger squarely at Obama’s own staff.
Host Dana Bash pressed the one-time administration official about why Obama didn’t strongly act when he was shown evidence of possible election tampering carried out by the Russians.
According to TheBlaze, Carter at first replied that Obama’s team weakly took “some actions” against the Russians. However, the former secretary of defense then stated that Obama had moved sluggishly.
“I think it’s quite clear that was not sufficient,” Ash Carter admitted about the Obama administration’s response.
“Did President Obama make a mistake in not doing more?” Bash asked Carter.
“He took some steps,” Carter replied. He then reiterated that Obama’s limited actions were not enough.
“But I think you see from Vladimir Putin’s answer right now that more needs to be done,” the official continued.
Ash Carter isn’t the first Obama-era staff member to admit that the administration acted weakly in dealing with possible Russian meddling.
The Washington Post recently quoted another senior Obama official as saying that the meek response “was the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend.” That source further stated that “I feel like we sort of choked.”
Donald Trump has floated his own theory about why Obama and his staff did almost nothing when they found out about possible election tampering by Russia.
“The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win,” the president posted on Twitter.
The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2017
Trump has long denied having any sort of collusion with Russia regarding the supposed meddling. However, several Republicans have admitted that Russia may have acted on its own in an attempt to sway American voters.
The information now coming from Obama’s own staff members seems to confirm that Trump is not to blame for the Russian influence. Instead, it was the incompetence and weak response from Democrats that allowed any possible Russian schemes to continue unimpeded.
For all the hyperventilating by Democrats about Russian influence, it turns out that their own party holds much of the blame.
Barack Obama was consistently hesitant and wavering when it came time to take strong actions — and it looks like that trend continued right up until his final days in office.
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