The following is an excerpt from Dave Jamieson | December 18, 2016 | Huffingtonpost.com |
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted the White House on Sunday for how it handled Russian hacks in the runup to the election, saying the U.S response to the meddling has been “paralyzed” so far.
“The president has no strategy and no policy as to what to do about these various cyberattacks that have possibly disrupted an American election,” McCain told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “There’s no doubt they were interfering. The question now is how much, what damage [was done], and what should the United States of America do. So far we’ve been totally paralyzed.”
Speaking to reporters Friday, President Barack Obama defended the White House response to the cyberattacks, saying the administration wanted to be careful not to incite more hacking that could tip vote counts. The president wanted to send a message that “we can do stuff to you,” he said, without making the situation worse.
“There have been folks out there who suggest somehow if we went out there and made big announcements and thumped our chests about a bunch of stuff, that somehow it would potentially spook the Russians,” Obama said. “I think it doesn’t read the thought process in Russia very well.”
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