President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, speculated that President Obama’s sanctions against Russia might be more politically motivated than meets the eye.
Sean Spicer appeared on ABC News Sunday morning and said the Trump team has questions about why President Obama imposed tough sanctions against Russia, but he did not impose sanctions against China in 2015 when they hacked the United States.
Spicer said Obama’s actions equate to the toughest diplomatic response seen in decades against Russia. When asked about the sanctions, Spicer responded, “One of the questions that we have is why the magnitude of this? Is the response in proportion to the action that was taken? Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. In 2015, China took over 1 million records — sensitive data of people like me who have worked in the government — classified and personal information.” Spicer continued, “A White House statement wasn’t even issued. No action publicly was taken. Nothing, nothing was taken when millions of people had their private information, including information on security clearances. So there is a question about whether there’s a political retribution here, versus a diplomatic response.”
Spicer told ABC News that Trump would get fully briefed on the sanctions this week and from the information he receives he could help resolve some of these questions.
H/T: Washington Examiner
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