According to The Hill, President Barack Obama said late Thursday that the United States needs to “take action” against the Russians for its believed meddling in the recent presidential elections.
“I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections, that we need to take action and we will — at a time and place of our own choosing,” Obama said in an interview with NPR set to air in full on Friday.
“Some of it may be explicit and publicized, some of it may not be,” Obama added.
Before he leaves office, Obama plans to have multiple agencies look into the hacking.
“When I receive a final report, you know, we’ll be able to, I think, give us a comprehensive and best guess as to those motivations,” he said.
“But that does not in any way, I think, detract from the basic point that everyone during the election perceived accurately – that in fact what the Russian hack had done was create more problems for the Clinton campaign than it had for the Trump campaign.”
Obama isn’t the only politician vowing to get tough on Putin and the Russians. South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsay Graham has also said that he’s going to make Putin “pay a price” for his interference, and will be launching his own investigation into the matter.