On Friday, The Washington Post published an extraordinary, comprehensive report of the Obama administration's action and inaction in the face of mounting evidence that Russia had severely affected the U.S. presidential election last year. "It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend," one senior Obama administration official confessed. "I feel like we sort of choked." The administration's response is depicted as frustratingly hesitant, even as the severity of Russia's actions became impossible to ignore. "Obama's approach often seemed reducible to a single imperative: Don't make things worse," the Post writes. Additionally, "the assumption that [Hillary] Clinton would win contributed to the lack of urgency." While Obama eventually took steps to ready an attack against Russia's cyber-infrastructure, it falls on "President Trump to decide whether to use the capability."

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