- In a series of early Monday morning tweets, President Trump blamed former President Obama for not acting upon learning Russian Federation was interfering in the 2016 election because "he expected Clinton would win". Trump also said Obama "colluded or obstructed", though it was unclear what specifically the charge was in reference to. "With 4 months looking at Russian Federation under a magnifying glass, they have zero 'tapes" of T [Trump] people colluding. "I should be given apology!" he added.
A report says the Central Intelligence Agency first told Mr. Obama about the Russian President's order in August.
Trump won an unexpected victory last November and has seen his administration plagued by swirling controversy stemming from Russia's campaign of cyberattacks against Democratic targets and investigations into whether the president's campaign or anyone associated with him colluded with the Kremlin on those attacks.
That came after Trump had for months maintained that reports of Russian election meddling amounted to "a scam" cooked up by Democrats as an excuse for losing the election.
Following up on the Twitter posts, spokesman Sean Spicer told White House reporters the president believes Russian Federation was "probably" involved in election interference, and may not have been the only country doing so.
"They had been very clear, they had been playing this card about blaming Trump and Russia", Spicer said of the Obama administration.
The biggest story to dominate the political headlines for the last six months has been over#Donald Trump and his alleged ties to Russian Federation.
The other officials who signed the letter are former British Defense Secretary Des Browne, former German Ambassador to the U.S. Wolfgang Ischinger and former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov.
Trump had predicted during the campaign that the election would be rigged.
Ding, ding, ding, if you guessed that last one - and the opportunity it gave President Trump to rail against the Obama administration - you would be correct.
"With 4 months looking at Russia", Trump wrote on Monday.
"Donald Trump, on the day that that happened, said, let's move on to other things", Ignatius told "Face the Nation". To cancel the operation, Trump would need to "issue a countermanding order to stop it", the report states.
Last Wednesday night at a campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Trump offered this self-assessment of his recent harsh critique of Democrats: "Who cares?"
The Democrats have become nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS, they have no policies or ideas.