Russian Diplomats Expelled
Sounding like one of his own supporters, Trump said we as US citizens need to "get on with our lives" regarding accusations that Russia hacked Democratic Party emails to help Donald Trump win this year’s US election.
Russian has denied involvement.
Trump has called the accusations “ridiculous.”
President Obama, however, has taken the accusations very, very seriously, and states that all US residents should be “alarmed” by the actions of Russia.
He and the US State Department have declared 35 Russian diplomats, living in Washington, DC and San Francisco, “persona non grata” – meaning that they and their families have 72 hours to evacuate the United States. Additionally, two Russian intelligence-gathering compounds (one in Maryland and one in New York) are being closed, and the US has announced sanctions against nine Russian entities and/or individuals for “undermining election processes or institutions.”
Russia, however, seems to be taking this all in stride. The Russian Chairman of the International Affairs Committee stated that these moves are nothing more than "the death throes of political corpses."
In a statement President Obama said "all Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions".
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, said in a statement that despite the measures being overdue "it is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia".
While it appears that both Democrats and Republicans agree with Obama on that front, it is seen on both sides as “too little, too late.”
"It serves as a prime example of this administration's ineffective foreign policy that has left America weaker in the eyes of the world," says Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.
While Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) approved of the sanctions, he also noted that the actions are insufficient; a plan is in the works to create a legislative committee that will be responsible for further research into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The US has discovered, however, that, most likely, this has been ten years in the making. The Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the Director of National Security, and the FBI released a joint statement, requesting for businesses to review past network traffic, and to report any potential “malicious cyberactivity” to the authorities.
These malicious activities include such methods as:
- Campaigns targeting government organizations
- Critical infrastructure
- “Think tanks”
Theft from political organizations and corporations resulting in recent public release (such as the emails hacked from Clinton’s campaign manager and DNC committees, which were leaked earlier this year by Wikileaks).