by Lauren Killgrove – Photo Editor
Former president Barack Obama has recently made the accusations that Russia had an influence in the election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The accusations, which were later proven to be true, were that Russia had hacked into Democratic Party to affect Clinton’s campaign, resulting in her loss and Trump’s win. The hack, which was authorized by Russian President Vladimir Putin, had leaked emails to sway the election away from Clinton.
After it was proven that Russia has hacked the Democratic National Committee, Obama has responded by saying that the U.S. will proceed against Russia, though Russia has denied retaliation. Obama has said to NPR, the National Public Radio station, that “we need to take action. And we will—at a time and place of our own choosing.” Obama has since sent economic sanctions and dismissed 35 Russian diplomats. Though retaliation was suggested, Putin has rejected the idea. In a statement, Putin said, “We will not create problems for U.S. diplomats.” Trump responded by praising Putin and saying “I always knew he was very smart!” in a tweet.
President Trump, who has received support from Russia, has brushed off the hacking and has made an argument against recently advanced technology, explaining how computers confuse people and the media after he denied that Russia was guilty of the hack. Trump and Putin have consistently shown support for one another throughout the election, though Russia’s motivation for the hacking was against Hillary Clinton, not to support Trump.
The United States’ and Russia’s diplomatic relationship has been at odds since the end of World War II, in which the Cold War began two years after. Though the Cold War ended in 1991, our foreign relations with Russia has only slightly improved, though Obama and Putin’s wary relationship has caused concern for the future, in which many have feared that it could cause a new war. Though Trump and Putin have formed a supportive alliance, the threat of a war breaking out between The United States and Russia is still a possibility.