President Barack Obama has ordered new sanctions against Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for the various hacks of officials leading up to the presidential election. Additionally, the U.S. expelled 35 Russian diplomats from D.C. and San Francisco, and shut down two Russian compounds. The expelled diplomats now have three days to leave the country.
BREAKING: Obama orders sanctions against Russian officials, intelligence services in response to election hacking.— The Associated Press (@AP) December 29, 2016
BREAKING: US also expels 35 Russian diplomats from DC & SF, giving them 72 hours to leave, official tells Reuters https://t.co/jn8limUSe7— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) December 29, 2016
The president said that everyone should be "alarmed" by Russia's actions. His full statement on the sanctions is below.
There is, of course, no evidence that Russian hackers actually meddled with the results of the election to swing it to President-elect Donald Trump. The "hacks" are referring to the DNC as well as the phishing of John Podesta's emails, both of which certainly influenced the election.
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