Monday, December 19, 2016
Kellyanne Conway questions Obama's motives on response to Russia hack
CBS NEWS by Reena Florez --
Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to Donald Trump, questioned Sunday President Obama’s motives for choosing to respond against Russia over cyber attacks into Democratic party systems.
Asked on CBS’ “Face the Nation” whether the president-elect approved of Mr. Obama’s call to take action against Russia because of the Kremlin-directed hacked, Conway said Mr. Trump “respects” the decision.
“The president-elect respects the ability of President Obama to do what he sees necessary in any different - any number of different arenas,” Conway told CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “It does seem to be a political response at this point, because it seems like the president is under pressure from Team Hillary who can’t accept the election results.”
When “Face the Nation” moderator John Dickerson asked for Conway to clarify whether she was asserting that Mr. Obama was responding to the Russian cyberattacks purely for political purposes and not for national security reasons, she replied “John, what I’m saying is the president-elect respects the ability of president - the right of President Obama to do whatever he wants.”