Trump tweeted, before granting himself a mononym. Sources within the Obama administration, however, defended their decisions, arguing that the direct warnings helped deter Russian actors from attempting to directly tamper with American votes, while stronger actions might have triggered more serious reprisals. Did nothing about it. WHY? The president has been quick to defend himself against any allegations suggesting his personal involvement with Russian Federation in terms of the election, tweeting that after months of investigation, there has been no evidence of "collusion".
"But nobody wants to talk about that", he added.
Obama's spokesman declined to comment on the tweets.
"Obama Administration official said they "choked" when it came to acting on Russian meddling of election", the tweet read.
According to the Post, Obama and top officials became aware of Russia's activities in August 2016. A package, on which was written "for your eyes only", warned of how Russian president Vladimir Putin had directed a hacking campaign to ensure that Hillary Clinton lost and Donald Trump won.
"The CIA gave him information on Russian Federation a long time before they even - before the election", Trump said.
News of the programme follows emerging reports that Mr Obama had directly received a memo in August, from the Central Intelligence Agency, detailing Vladimir Putin's direct involvement in cyber efforts to disrupt lats year's presidential election.
The report details months of deliberation about how to respond to Russia's actions, including plans to place cyberweapons inside Russian infrastructure that could be used in case of an escalation.
After Trump's shock victory, there were strong regrets among administration officials that they had shied from tough action. "But given everything we were dealing with, given, first of all, the perception that Russia's main objective is undermine confidence in the elections, that was one thing that motivated us, to be careful how we played this in public", he said.
And that President Barack Obama approved planting cyber weapons inside critical Russian systems ready to activate if Putin didn't "cut it out".
NBC News spoke to state officials who say they have been given very little direction from the federal government over election security. To cancel it, Trump would have to sign a new order, and it is yet unknown whether he would do so.
"The intelligence community has said that this election was meddled with by the Russians in a way that frankly is not particularly original". Current and former officials have repeatedly said the US has no evidence of voting machines being compromised or tallies being altered.
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