Can Obama Leave With Class, Grace? (Newsmax, 12/30/16)

By Fred Fleitz

Earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his response to sanctions placed on Russia by the Obama administration yesterday in response to alleged Russian hacking of Democratic emails to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

He is ignoring them until Trump takes office.

Putin said in a statement issued by the Kremlin, “Although we have the right to retaliate, we will not resort to irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy but will plan our further steps to restore Russian-U.S. relations based on the policies of the Trump Administration.”

Putin’s repudiation of Obama was both unprecedented and predictable. Putin already had little regard for Obama and views him as the lamest of lame ducks. Putin knows that Obama’s foreign policy was decisively rejected by the American people with the election of Donald Trump.

Putin and the world view any last-minute foreign policy initiatives by the Obama administration as illegitimate since they are certain to be quickly reversed by the Trump administration.

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