US President Barack Obama has criticized those Republicans, who appear to be siding with Russia over Washington’s hacking claims, saying President Vladimir Putin should not be trusted.
In an interview with ABC News on Friday, Obama said he was concerned about “Republicans or pundits or cable commentators who seem to have more confidence in Vladimir Putin than fellow Americans because those fellow Americans are Democrats.” “That cannot be,” Obama added.
When asked if he was referring to President-elect Donald Trump, the outgoing president said, “Well, what I will say is that — and I said that after the election — we have to remind ourselves that we’re on the same team. Vladimir Putin is not on our team.”
The Obama administration released a unclassified version of an intelligence report on Friday that indicates Putin personally ordered his government to help Trump win the presidential election in November.