GOP Rep Says Obama’s Weakness Is Why Russia Meddled In 2016

In a recent interview, Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis said Russia meddled during the United States presidential election of 2016 because they were not fearful of Obama and knew they could get away with it.

The comments came amid an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto who asked the Florida congressman about President Trump’s one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

DeSantis said the meeting set a “dangerous precedent” for future meetings, but the president is well within his role as the country’s “organ for conducting international relations.” He added: “the president can do that as he sees fit.”

Following the Helsinki meeting, liberals who were worried about the content of the meeting began to call for Congress to subpoena the English-Russian interpreter for the meeting and to have her testify. DeSantis said he does not approve of that idea.

DeSantis and Cavuto got into a back-and-forth over whether Trump has been effective in expressing his opinion on Russian election meddling and whether or not he has done enough to prevent future attacks.

Later in the interview, DeSantis suggested Trump and America show a sign of strength to deter Russia. He said Putin hacked and meddled under Obama because he thought he could get away with it.

Skip to 5:15 in the below video for relevant comments.

President Trump was criticized by liberals and conservatives alike over comments he made at the summit in Finland which sounded like he was contradicting American intelligence agencies. Shortly after the meeting and the subsequent backlash, Trump looked to correct the record and issued a statement blaming Putin for the meddling. Trump also shared a video on Twitter where he shows over the past few months he has been very vocal about blaming Putin.

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