"Whatever they do to us, we can potentially do to them", Obama declared.
Peskov also warned that Obama's threat to "retaliate" to the alleged Russian hack is "against both American and global law", hinting at open-ended escalation should Obama take the podium today at 2:15pm to officially launch cyberwar against Russia. "We did not see further tampering of the election process", he said. Their economy doesn't produce anything that anyone wants to buy except oil and gas and arms.
Among those who identified as Republicans in the survey, 5% said that they had a "very favorable" opinion of Putin, and 32% said they had a "somewhat favorable" opinion of the Russian leader. During the campaign, Donald Trump often heaped praise on Putin, whom he labeled a stronger leader than the USA president.
On Dec. 16, Obama addressed reporters from the White House, revealing that he had personally told Putin in September to cease hacking into Democratic organizations and leaking them through WikiLeaks, CNN reports.
"Ronald Reagan would roll over in his grave", Obama said.
Asked whether his administration will provide evidence to back up charges of Russian meddling, Obama gave a guarded response.
"I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action".
Obama warned that something needed to change.
He says at a White House news conference that his goal is to send a clear message to Russian Federation that such intrusions won't be tolerated.
The president also said that he hoped that Trump, who takes office on January 20, should be similarly concerned about Russia's actions and that the investigation should not become "a political football" between Republicans and Democrats. He said he will let the public decide whether there were rogue high-level Russian officials acting without Putin's knowledge.
And he promised that Moscow would pay a price for its alleged interference.
"Our goal continues to be to send a clear message to Russian Federation or others not to do this to us because we can do stuff to you, but it is also important for us to do that in a thoughtful, methodical way", Obama said. Some of it we do publicly. Obama said Friday that was because partisanship in the USA has begun outweighing unity against foreign powers trying to influence our elections.
Journalists and photographers - many of them dressed for the frigid weather - packed the rather small briefing room for Obama's final news conference of the year, rendering it stuffy and uncomfortable. Trump has rejected the CIA's assessment that Russia's aim was to help him win and argued on Twitter that "these are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction".
Obama also contended on Friday that there was no "squabbling" between his White House and the incoming Trump administration, insisting that a roiling debate over Russia's intrusion into the USA election should be confronted on a bipartisan basis. Along with psychological warfare, propaganda warfare and proxy war, the US now has to be concerned about attacks occurring in cyberspace.
She's casting her failed campaign as part of a long-running effort by Russian President Vladimir Putin to discredit the fundamental tenets of American government.
"You guys wrote about it every day, every single leak about every little juicy tidbit of political gossip, including John Podesta's risotto recipe", the president said. "This was an obsession that dominated the news coverage". "It is disappointing that the C.I.A. would provide information on this issue to The Washington Post and NBC but will not provide information to elected members of Congress", Rep. Ron Johnson, the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement.