With less than one month in office, the Obama Administration has taken unprecedented actions to impose sanctions on Russia, due to their alleged involvement in the recent US Presidential election. Although his time in the White House is winding down, President Obama ordered two different Russian intelligence compounds in the United States to be shut down.
This ultimately requires 35 Russian officials to return to their homeland of Russia within 72 hours. These actions stem from the allegations that the Russian government was involved in the hacking into of Democratic National Committee emails as well as those involving the Clinton campaign.
After Obama took his actions, Russian officials took to Twitter to respond, these Tweets suggest the mentality which the Russian government is taking to President Obama’s actions. Speculation has run rampant regarding what their response to the new Trump Administration will be, especially with Obama’s recent actions.
President Obama expels 35 🇷🇺 diplomats in Cold War deja vu. As everybody, incl 🇺🇸 people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm. pic.twitter.com/mleqA16H8D
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) December 29, 2016
MFA: American people humiliated by its own President pic.twitter.com/Ka9ThFSlkp
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) December 30, 2016
With these social media posts made by the Russian Embassy, it can very well be questioned how legitimate Russian officials have viewed President Obama’s actions. With the image suggesting Obama to be a lame duck, it can reasonably be assumed that they are looking forward to working with the new President Donald Trump, as they do not view Obama’s actions to be an issue.
Interestingly, this is not the only foreign policy taken by the Obama Administration in their last days which has been widely questioned. At the UN Security Council, the United States abstained from a vote on an anti Israel resolution, something which comes as a significant change to American foreign policy.
Moving forward, it will be important to follow how, if at all US-Russia and US-Israel relations develop with President Obama’s recent actions.
What do you think think? Is Barack Obama right to take these actions? Let HYPELINE know what you think in the comments!