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John Bolton: Obama Sanctions 'Won't Have Much Impact' on Russia

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By    |   Friday, 30 Dec 2016 12:30 PM

Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton blasted President Barack Obama's sanctions against Russia, saying, "I don't think they will have much impact at all."

"I think President Obama seriously compromised the signal that he was trying to send, by mushing together the cyber attacks and the harassment of American diplomats in Moscow," he said during an appearance Friday on Fox News' "Fox and Friends."

He also slammed the Obama administration's relationship with Russia.

"The Russians have walked all over the Obama administration for eight years. It's really been a pathetic performance," Bolton said.

He added that since Obama's sanctioning was an executive order, incoming president Donald Trump could easily reverse it.

However, Bolton said the U.S. must move beyond politics and focus on Russia's actions.

"The real issue is getting our arms around what we know the Russians actually did . . . if even a piece of what is alleged about Russia is true, it is utterly unacceptable," Bolton said.

"It is not enough to say — and people should be careful about this — to say, 'Well, it didn't actually have an impact on the election.' The fact that Russia's efforts were incompetent or insufficient shouldn't make us feel better . . . No — it's the effort that they made, if this is accurate, that should trouble us, not the fact that it failed."

For comparison, Bolton said that if Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 had failed, the U.S. would not have said "No harm, no foul."

Bolton said Trump's administration should extend the focus on hacking to other countries in addition to Russia.

"We want to try and minimize this, and to do that, you've got to build up both our cyber offensive and defensive capabilities and create structures of deterrence so it doesn't happen again. And how do you do that? You make the Russians feel pain," Bolton said.

The actions Obama took included expelling 35 Russian intelligence operatives in the United States, including two who were on the FBI's Most Wanted list.

Trump has questioned U.S. intelligence on the issue.

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