Frida Ghitis: Obama puts Trump on the spot with Russia sanctions –

The issue of a foreign power interfering with American democracy is hardly one to be cavalierly dismissed by the next president — although it is in keeping with Trump’s other head-spinning comments. These are his insights on the national security issue and Russia’s involvement: “I think that computers have complicated our lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody known exactly what’s going on.”

As it happens, we have a pretty good idea what’s going on with Russia and its interference in Western democratic elections. Even Germany is now looking at the prospect of Russian meddling. It is Trump’s attitude towards Putin where we still have a lot of questions.

…Obama has put Trump on the spot. Will he actively defend Putin, lifting the sanctions, despite US intelligence conclusions and the views of many in the Republican Party, or will he act as the president of the United States, a man responsible for preserving democracy and defending his own country against aggression from abroad?

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