As controversy swirls around Michael Flynn resigning from his national security adviser position over his contact with the Russian ambassador, President Donald Trump and Fox News both attempted to lay some blame on former President Obama on Feb. 15 (video below).
Trump tweeted: "Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?"
Minutes before Trump attacked Obama, the co-hosts of "Fox and Friends" also went after the former president, notes Mediaite.com.
Co-host Steve Doocy opined: 'During the last administration, we didn’t really stand up to Russia so much, did we?"
Politico noted in January that Obama placed sanctions on Russia back in 2014 after Russia used military force to take Crimea away from Ukraine. Trump suggested that he might be willing to repeal Obama-era sanctions that have hurt Russia’s economy.
In January, Obama placed another round of sanctions against Russia and expelled several diplomats for that country's alleged interference in the 2016 election.
Back on "Fox and Friends," co-host Brian Kilmeade praised some recent tough talk by Trump's U.N. Ambassador, Nikki Haley:
Over the weekend I was stunned to hear the Ukrainian ambassador say when Nikki Haley, the new U.N. ambassador came out and condemned their aggression in Ukraine, the face on the Russian ambassador was relatively stunned, they weren’t expecting that. Are they beginning to understand, will they be forced to understand that there’s a new sheriff in town?
Heather Nauert, a Fox anchor who recently interviewed for a position in the Trump administration, added: "Well, if Donald Trump does fight back, how is that not a new sheriff in town? You’re talking about consistency, it’d be totally different that what President Obama did and how he reacted."
Four current and former U.S. officials told The New York Times on Feb. 14 that several people in the Trump campaign and Trump associates had communications with Russian intelligence during the election.
Three U.S. officials told the newspaper that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies found the Trump team's communications when it was discovered that Russia was hacking into the Democratic National Committee.
In an apparent response, Trump tweeted on Feb. 15: "Information is being illegally given to the failing [New York Times] & [Washington Post] by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?). Just like Russia."