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Although Donald Trump was confirmed by the Electoral College yesterday as the official president-elect, he shouldn’t expect the next several weeks to be smooth sailing for him — especially when it comes to his relationship with the Obama White House.

Their point of contention: Russian hacking!

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Every single US intelligence agency believes Donald Trump’s unexpected win came at the hands of Vladimir Putin and the Russian government.  However, despite their decades of experience in matters of intelligence and national security, Trump continues to claim he is much smarter than the experts and that everyone (except him) is wrong about Russia. Needless to say — and I’ll put it bluntly — Barack Obama is pissed!

President Obama has done a yeoman’s job of attempting to maintain a civil relationship with “The Donald” and his team, however, Trump’s dismissal of US intelligence regarding Russian meddling has understandably alarmed the White House and much of Washington. Or in other words, that “Kumbaya” moment of Trump with Mr. Obama in the Oval Office has now turned into a combative and bitter rift between the incoming and outgoing administrations that likely won’t be healed prior to January 20th.

The growing contention between the Obama and Trump camps was on full display late last week, when White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest openly criticized the reality TV star, insisting it was plainly obvious to the Republican’s team that Russia had interfered in the US election in order to secure a Trump victory.  He then dismissed Trump’s flippant response to Russian hacking of our democracy as “unserious,” even prodding Trump to answer questions about the hacking instead of questioning US intelligence.

“It’s just a fact — you all have it on tape — that the Republican nominee for president was encouraging Russia to hack his opponent because he believed that that would help his campaign,” Earnest said of the presidential contest. “I don’t know if it was a staff meeting or if he had access to a briefing or he was just basing his assessment on a large number of published reports, but Mr. Trump obviously knew that Russia was engaged in malicious cyberactivity that was helping him and hurting Hillary Clinton’s campaign,” Earnest added.

“It was the President-elect who, over the course of the campaign, indicated that he thought that President Putin was a strong leader,” he continued in an attempt to demonstrate Trump’s tight alliance with Moscow. “His campaign didn’t make any effort to obscure this.”

Rex Tillerson with Vladimir Putin

Earnest then tied Trump’s selection of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state to his approach to Russia.

“The President-elect indicated his intent, if elected President, to pursue warmer relations with Russia,” Earnest said. “What better way to do that than to choose somebody who has been awarded the Order of Friendship by Vladimir Putin to be your secretary of state?”

As expected, the thin-skinned Trump could not contain his contempt and tore into Earnest, calling him a “foolish guy.”

“He could say, ladies and gentlemen today we have totally defeated ISIS and it wouldn’t sound good, OK? All right?” Trump said.

Although Trump was quick to attack Earnest, he was careful not to inflame his budding BFF relationship with President Obama, who he now considers as an invaluable asset to him and his completely unqualified incoming administration. Instead, Trump suggested that Earnest was likely “getting his orders from somebody else,” although he opted not to elaborate on whom he believes might be whispering into the White House press secretary’s ear.

Interestingly, David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to Mr. Obama, said he knows exactly who provided Earnest with his marching orders, calling it “highly unlikely” the press secretary would escalate his hits on Trump without the President’s approval.

“A press secretary doesn’t go out and make statements like that on an unauthorized basis,” Axelrod said.

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The souring relationship between the Trump and Obama camps goes well beyond “The Donald’s” total dismissal of Russian hacking. President Obama and several of his top aides are said to be irritated that Trump was completely stunned at the scale and responsibility of the presidency during his Oval Office meeting with Mr. Obama on November 10th.

Somehow, Trump convinced himself being President of the United States was an easy job that he could perform as a figurehead on a part-time basis while maintaining his current lifestyle.  So, in the interest of the country and national security, Mr. Obama is attempting to remain diplomatic and careful not to antagonize Trump, in the hopes the 2 men can continue phone consultations and that Trump will seek his advice and expertise when he arrives at the Oval Office on January 20th and hasn’t a clue what to do.

In an interesting turn of events, the GOP is (finally) siding with the Obama White House, and has engaged in a mini-Cold War with itself over Trump’s desire to trust and work with Russia.

Trump’s strange affinity for Vladimir Putin combined with his denials that the Kremlin hacked the 2016 election have unleashed a feud within the GOP, which sees its hawkish history on Moscow and triumph over the Soviet Union as one of its defining achievements. The impending turmoil is threatening to ruin the confirmation process for Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, who has a personal friendship with Putin and opposes US sanctions on Russia imposed after the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea.

“I can’t imagine I would vote for anybody that believes that we should not sanction Russia, given the fact that they did in fact interfere in our election,” South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said this week on CNN.

Still sticking with his single belief that Russia had nothing to do with hacking our election, but now refusing to repeat earlier claims that the election was “rigged” (since he won), Trump has gone on the defensive.

“If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?” Trump told his 17 million Twitter followers last Thursday.

Apparently suffering from selective memory, Trump has forgotten that Hillary Clinton did warn of his encouragement of Russian hacking during the presidential debates and the ramifications it would cause to our democracy.  Only now that they took him up on his offer to hack away and now that he has reaped the benefits of their actions, Donald Trump wants to buddy-up to the Russians and simply look the other way.

Donald Trump and his team now claim reports of Russian hacking are being used to delegitimize his victory. They have stooped to accusing the Democrats and critics of Trump inside the CIA of drumming up the hacking issue in order to undermine his surprise November victory.  Hmmm…

No wonder The White House is angry!

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Demonicratpesticide
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Demonicratpesticide

This article is just more vomit and lies from butthurt and sick leftists. Couldn't even read the whole thing made me very close to vomiting myself.

Super Bug
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Super Bug

Please do, all over yourself.

Wil
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From CNN" President-elect Donald Trump mocked Bill Clinton on Tuesday after the former president said Trump "doesn't know much" in an interview with a local paper. "Bill Clinton stated that I called him after the election. Wrong, he called me (with a very nice congratulations). He doesn't know much … " Trump began a series of tweets. Bill Clinton stated that I called him after the election. Wrong, he called me (with a very nice congratulations). He "doesn't know much" … — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2016 "Especially how to get people, even with an unlimited budget, out to vote in the vital swing states ( and more). They focused on wrong states," the President-elect added. especially how to get people, even with an unlimited budget, out to vote in the vital swing states ( and more). They focused on wrong states — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December… Read more »
Shyla
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Shyla

Just want to know and this is something no one has yet to mention that how could HRC win the popular vote if Russians hacked the election? Just curious. Did Putin make us all vote for Trump? Not quite sure how they even factor in to the election. I sure as hell know they had nothing to do with it for me. I mean no Russians came to me in the middle of the night forcing me to vote for Trump. LOL. So how the hell did they sway the out come?

Gordon
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Gordon

Russia apparently hacked the DNC server, made hacked files files available to WIKILEAKS, and then said hacked files were posted and made available to discredit the target candidate. These files or emails would then be picked up by interested parties like the DOJ, FBI or certain members of the GOP to be used as smear campaign to undermine and influence voters decision. There is no comprehensive effort to physically stuff the ballot box. The entire effort is massive coordinator effort to coerce and suppress the public vote.

Truthiz1
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Truthiz1

Thanks for that short, sweet, and to the point breakdown Gordon.

Hopefully Shyla will find your accurate summary helpful.

Stb
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"Outcome" is one word, not two and "ignorance" is bliss…

Truthiz1
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Yes indeed. Regarding the legitimacy of Trump's presidency: You know Trump's supporters are really beginning to sweat when they start engaging in what I call "sniper drive-bys" – popping up on great sites, such as THIS site, and commence with lobbing verbal attacks at anyone who does NOT support their point of view or their president. . Of course, the purpose of their attacks is SO obvious. It's a sorry attempt to assuage their FEARS and anxiety…if NOT guilt…about the guy they voted into the office of the presidency. They know he's patently UNFIT for the job. They know he's a pathological liar and a fraud. They know that a decisive Majority of the American electorate voted for Hillary NOT Trump. And make NO mistake about it. They also know that IF Trump's presidency proves to be a veritable "Sh*tStorm" THEY (his supporters) will OWN it. In the meantime they… Read more »
Mr. BD
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Mr. BD

LOL you got that right Truth. These Trump people are coming out the woodwork to defend their boy. They probably been lurking around here quiet for a long time. But just like Trump they couldn't take the criticism no more so they had to say something like he does on Twitter. Hilarious

Truthiz1
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Now regarding the the actual topic. "The Gloves Are Off!" Trump: If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?” Trump told his 17 million Twitter followers last Thursday. […] I actually think Trump makes a valid point. Why didn't Pres. Obama speak out against this much sooner? Frankly, why didn't he raise all kind of H*LL about it? As DJ's post reminds us, Hillary complained about it during her actual campaign against Trump. But I don't even recall her speaking out about during the primaries. Please, someone correct me if I'm wrong about the President or Hillary. "Obama Shrugged off Russian Cyberattacks — Until Trump Was Elected President" Excerpts: Foreign governments have launched numerous cyberattacks on the U.S. government and sensitive industrial sites, but Republicans say President Obama has not responded in… Read more »
Mr. BD
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Mr. BD

Truth I know the answer to this. I remember reading Obama said he didn't mention it publicly because he thought Hillary was going to win and they could punish the Russians privately. But when she lost and it was clear the Russians were successful at it then he had to tell the public. Either way they were going after the Russians but it would have been classified if she won since the public didn't need to be alarmed.

Truthiz1
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Truthiz1

Oh. Okay. Thanks for that info BD.

Wish I could say it makes me feel a little better about how the President chose to deal with Russian cyber-attacks, in particular. Unfortunately, I can't.

The President's failure to effectively tackle this thing head-on – when he was first made aware of these attacks, several years ago during his presidency – came back to bite him, and Hillary AND Us (over 65 Million Americans who voted for Hillary) in the rear-end.

So much is in jeopardy now, including the President's legacy. And I suspect his failure to vigorously go after Russia much sooner for their egregious acts cyber-terrorism may result in haunting him the rest of his life.

Random White Guy
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Random White Guy

Trump is a narcissist racist bullshitter whose gonna run this country in the ground. Thanks alot America!

Pete R
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Pete R

Whoever hacked the emails exposed the truth. So instead of blaming the ones that wrote the emails we blame the exposure of the truth? Are you liberals so stupid that you don't want to know the truth? Well you are lucky because the bias media has kept it from you for a long time. Fortunately more Americans prefer to know the truth and act on it.

Superbug
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Superbug

That's "exposer", "not exposure", angry Pete R. Why do you who benefitted from the theft believe that the leaked emails are unedited and true? You believe a self-described pussy-grabber who flip-flops on facts like a fish on the ground. The majority of Americans know the truth and voted against Trump by the millions. Anyone else who ran would have been a better President, even Cruz. You are going to be so screwed, but it's too late.

Superbug
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Superbug

Rob,

I'm about as anti-Trump as anyone. On that basis, I propose that we keep our comments informed and intelligent. It's the FBI who will be investigating Trump. The CIA's mission is entirely focused outside the US.

Truthiz1
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Truthiz1

Well…absent any evidence confirming it, I have to say that it's not "obvious" to me that Trump "was a party to the hack all along."

But it is a fact that he did indeed encourage the leaking of the hacked emails.

Truthiz1
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I usually don't say much (if anything at all) in response to some nonsensical comment posted by a sniper drive-by. But I have to admit, Pete R's comments really are amusing…lol First he says: "Whoever hacked the emails exposed the truth. So instead of blaming the ones that wrote the emails we blame the exposure of the truth? Are you liberals so stupid that you don't want to know the truth?" So he's a *sniper drive-by* because if he was a lurker he would know that: We've already thoroughly discussed the issue of the CONTENTS of the hacked emails on previous posts. He would also know that it was acknowledged, certainly by me, that -Russian interference notwithstanding- the truth of the contents of those hacked emails "is The Truth, anyhow." Then Pete R concluded with: "Fortunately more Americans prefer to know the truth and act on it." Yes. We do… Read more »
Elbowmom
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Elbowmom

THEN WHAT WAITING ON AMERICA! HILLARY S MORE QUALIFIED THAN ANYONE!

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