Facebook to seek verification by post for election ads
- Author: Adam Floyd Feb 20, 2018,
Feb 20, 2018, 19:04
The president's hand was forced last Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller's release of 13 indictments of Russians for election meddling. Trump said in a tweet on Saturday. But ads were only part of the problem, as the Mueller indictments say that Russian agents also set up fake pages with names such as "Secured Borders", "Blacktivist" and "United Muslims of America" that had hundreds of thousands of followers.
That defense was undercut last week when Federal Bureau of Investigation special counsel Robert Mueller handed down indictments of several Russians accused of masterminding the election interference. A later report from The Post quoted a senior Obama administration official as saying the response to Russia's hacking "is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend", adding, "I feel like we sort of choked".
"Now that Adam Schiff is starting to blame President Obama for Russian meddling in the election, he is probably doing so as yet another excuse that the Democrats, lead by their fearless leader, Crooked Hillary Clinton, lost the 2016 election".
"Maybe they knew I was going to run even though I didn't know", he quipped. It is however disingenuous to state that the Russians hacked our election system and made Trump president.
The White House says President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve the federal gun background check system after a school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead. "He's authorized the sale of offensive weapons in Ukraine, again, against Russian objection".
Defenders of Trump often point to a decision by the administration to allow Ukraine to buy small arms and light weapons from U.S. manufacturers to counter the narrative that the President is overly sympathetic to Russian Federation.
And his weekend of angry tweets, attacking political enemies in the U.S. and institutions that rely on public trust, will only deepen the mystery as to why the President has not done more.More news: Meet the early Briton — Blue-eyed and dark
The campaign was allegedly directed by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman with links to Putin, and focused on hurting Clinton and helping Trump swing the vote.
But Trump has yet to impose those sanctions on Russian Federation.
TRUMP: "I never said Russia did not meddle in the election, I said "it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer.' The Russian 'hoax" was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia - it never did!"
US President Donald Trump stands with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, R, and Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action as he arrives for the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum, Friday, April 28, 2017, in Atlanta. "Nor did he express concerns that the Russians attacked the United States".
"All that has done is appeal to those big fringes while uniting all of our politics actually against Russia and Russian interference", he said. The Trump administration blamed Russian Federation for the presence of chemical weapons in Syria, citing a 2013 agreement between Putin and Obama that said Moscow would step in and remove such weapons.