President-elect Donald J. Trump made clear on Wednesday his thoughts on President Obama’s announced intention to slap new sanctions on Russia as he heads out the door over Moscow’s alleged interference in the U.S. elections: We need to go over it.
“I think we ought to get on with our lives,” Trump told reporters Wednesday night outside of Mar-A-Lago, his Florida resort, also casting doubt on the government’s assessment that Russia hacked U.S. political organizations.
As has been exhaustively reported, the White House-along with the now-vanquished Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton-claims without offering a shred of proof that Russia somehow meddled or “hacked” the U.S. election to help Trump win. In fact, if there was any election hacking at all, it came from Obama’s Department of Homeland Security. Other reports have noted that information damaging to the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee revealed via WikiLeaks in the months leading up to the election was actually stolen by a DNC insider in retaliation for how the party sabotaged his campaign in favor of Clinton.
So what’s Obama’s real goal with these new sanctions? Is it really to “punish Russia” or punish Trump, whose administration will have to deal with this in less than three weeks?
What’s worse, Trump isn’t getting much help from the Old GOP Guard. In fact, they are intent on helping Obama. As Zero Hedge reports:
Earlier Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, said during a trip to the Latvian capital that Russia and Putin should expect new sanctions for meddling in the election.
In Florida, Trump was asked by reporters about efforts to disclose intelligence about Russian interference in the election. “They should do the best they can, figure it all out,” he said.
Trump said he hasn’t spoken to Lindsey Graham. “I don’t know what he’s doing. I haven’t spoken to Sen. Graham,” Trump said. “As you know, he ran against me.”
If Graham is continuing to harbor ill will against Trump-and it certainly seems as though he, along with Sen. John McCain and the other Republican establishment figures, are holding a grudge-that’s something voters in their states will have to rectify at some point in the future. Meantime, Trump will have his hands full cleaning up the chaotic world Obama and Clinton-and the Old GOP Guard-have left him.