CNN’s Jake Tapper on Friday characterized the Obama administration as being “asleep at the switch” on Russian hacking attempts during the 2016 presidential election.
“I have to say, and it’s unfair I suppose to hold you responsible for the entire Obama administration, but you read this indictment and you think, ‘Boy, the Obama administration, they really kind of missed the ball on this,'” Tapper told former Obama administration National Security Council official and current CNN analyst Samantha Vinograd.
“I mean, yes, they issued that report, but President Obama said … he told Putin to cut it out or knock it off, it wasn’t particularly strong, and then there was all this hesitation about warning the American people for fear of looking partisan,” continued Tapper. “In retrospect, doesn’t it seem to you that perhaps the Obama administration was at least to a degree asleep at the switch?”
Before her explanation, Vinograd noted that she “was gone when this happened.” (RELATED: Feinstein ‘Didn’t Really Know’ About Separated Illegal Immigrant Families Under Obama)
“Well, I’m not here to be an apologist for the Obama administration,” she replied. “I was gone when this happened.”
“Not one president, whether it be Obama or President Trump, has figured out how to deter Vladimir Putin,” added Vinograd.