When then-President Barack Obama was informed of Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, he took action: Obama imposed fresh sanctions, booted 35 Russian diplomats from the U.S., and announced the shutdown of two Russian compounds.
Obama also met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about releasing a joint statement on this issue; McConnell declined.
While it can be argued whether Obama's approach was adequate, it is inaccurate to suggest he did nothing.
But that reality has not stopped President Donald Trump from trying.
President Donald Trump has once again question why his predecessor Barack Obama did not do something to tackle Russia’s attempt to meddle in the U.S. election, despite the fact that he issued sanctions over the allegations while president.
“Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election. So why didn’t he do something about Russian meddling?” Trump tweeted on Monday evening.
It is noteworthy that after assuming office, Trump was amiable to the notion of rescinding the sanctions Obama had placed on Russia.
At the time, it appeared that Trump did not approve of the sanctions, with reports that he wanted to roll back the sanctions on taking office but was blocked from doing so by Obama holdovers.
“There was serious consideration by the White House to unilaterally rescind the sanctions,” Dan Fried, a former State Department official, told Yahoo News at the time.
Trump tweeted about Obama's response to situation once before as well, saying in January:
“The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win…and did not want to ‘rock the boat.’ He didn’t ‘choke,’ he colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good,” in a tweet that suggested he had begun to warm to the idea that Russia may have attempted to interfere in the election.