There are many bodies within the United States government who have clearly said that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. This includes 8 separate United States Intelligence groups. President Trump, though, has consistently wavered on whether he feels that Russians played a part in 2016.
The Vice President, Mike Pence, is currently on a diplomatic trip to Poland to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. While speaking to reporters, the Vice President said that we must remain vigilant against Russian attempts to divide US alliances and meddle in Democratic elections.
Pence said during a joint press conference in Warsaw, “With its efforts to meddle in elections across Europe and around the world now is the time for us to remain vigilant about the intentions and the actions being taken by Russia.”
The Vice President also hit Moscow for their continued occupation of territories that belong to other countries. “We know there is still more work to do on many fronts, because despite years of negotiations Russian forces still illegally occupy large parts of Georgia and Ukraine,” he said.
Pence also noted that Russia’s actions hope to attack diplomacy, “the truth is Moscow seeks to divide our alliance, now with its oil and gas reserves. Poland has taken a strong stand as we have to promote energy independence and security.”
Last week during the G-7 conference, Donald Trump blamed Barack Obama for Russia’s annexation of Crimea. He told reporters, “And the other [reason] was in Ukraine, having to do with a certain section of Ukraine that you know very well, where it was sort of taken away from President Obama. Not taken away from President Trump, taken away from President Obama. President Obama was not happy that this happened because it was embarrassing to him, right? It was very embarrassing to him.”
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