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Paul Ryan Says Obama Weak On Russia, Applauds Sanctions

| by Oren Peleg

In a rare feat of bipartisanship, Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan applauded the newly announced sanctions against Russia by President Barack Obama. The sanctions follow the continued revelations that the Russian government hacked the U.S. general elections.

"While today’s action by the administration is overdue, it is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia,” Ryan wrote in a statement, reports The Hill. “And it serves as a prime example of this administration's ineffective foreign policy that has left America weaker in the eyes of the world."

"All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions," Obama stated Dec. 29, notes NPR. He cited Russia’s "unacceptable level of harassment" before announcing the new sanctions.

"Russia does not share America’s interests,” Speaker Ryan continued, notes The Hill. “In fact, it has consistently sought to undermine them, sowing dangerous instability around the world." 

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But while Ryan has condemned the Obama administration for appearing weak on Russia, President-elect Donald Trump, who has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin numerous times in the past, has dusted off any allegations of Russia’s hacking.

“I think we ought to get on with our lives,” Trump told reporters from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, reports The New York Times. “I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what is going on. We have speed, we have a lot of other things, but I’m not sure we have the ... security we need.”

"I hope the incoming Trump administration, which has been far too close to Russia throughout the campaign and transition, won't think for one second about weakening these new sanctions or our existing regime,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, incoming Senate Minority Leader, notes NPR. “Both parties ought to be united in standing up to Russian interference in our elections, to their cyberattacks, their illegal annexation of Crimea and other extra-legal interventions."

Sources: The Hill, NPR, The New York Times / Photo credit: Greg Nash via The Hill

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