“Calling this out in a much more aggressive way would have been a better course of action,” Tom Donilon told Politico.
Tom Donilon, former national security adviser to President Obama, admitted during an interview with Politico’s “The Global” that the Obama administration should have done more to deal with Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Politico’s Susan Glasser asked Donilon whether he agrees with a Washington Post story that quoted an anonymous Obama administration official saying “I feel like we sort of choked” regarding how the administration handled Russian hacking in the 2016 election.
“There’s a deep contradiction in President Trump’s statements,” Donilon told Glasser, about Trump’s continued citing of this report. “I don’t know how you can say it didn’t happen or maybe it didn’t happen or others might have done it, and then criticize President Obama for not responding to something that might not have happened.”
Donilon then told Glasser about how during the Democratic National Convention he had called for “much more public attribution,” and how he thought “that probably would have been the right thing to do.”
Glasser pointed out to Donilon that it was not until October 7, 2016, that the Obama administration acknowledged that it was indeed Russia who was behind the hacking of the DNC.
“Yeah I think more aggressive public attribution would have been the more appropriate thing to do at this point looking back on it, no doubt about it,” Donilon concluded. “I do think … calling this out in a much more aggressive, much more aggressive way would have been a better course of action.”
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