Can you say ‘BURN’? Trump really knows how to get under the Dem’s skin. This should be a very happy new year, indeed. Are you with us?
Donald Trump tweeted a holiday message on Saturday morning, wishing his ‘enemies’ a happy new year, seemingly mocking Obama and the Democrats for sanctioning Russia.
The president-elect on Saturday sent a message to his ‘many enemies’, saying they had lost ‘so badly they just don’t know what to do’. Trump ended his gloating tweet with an ironic: ‘Love!’
His message came two days after President Barack Obama retaliated against Russia for its efforts to influence the outcome of the presidential election, expelling 35 Russian intelligence agents and closing two luxurious Russian compounds in the United States. The Russian officials were expected to leave on Saturday.
Trump praised Putin’s decision not to retaliate with similar sanctions yesterday after the Russian President reached out with a warm message that raised hope they could improve ‘bilateral cooperation’.
Trump’s New Years’ Eve tweet seemed in direct contradiction with the promise he made during his first interview as president-elect to be ‘very restrained’ on his Twitter account.
‘Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!’ he wrote.
Trump seemed to openly make fun of Democrats, who have partly blamed Hillary Clinton’s defeat on interference by Russia, under the form of hacking during the election year and disclosure of political secrets.
Obama’s executive order sought to punish the Russian government’s for its ‘aggressive harassment of US officials and cyber operations aimed at the US election’, the president said.
He ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies, giving them and their families 72 hours to leave the country. These officials worked at the Russian Embassy in Washington and the Russian Consulate in San Francisco and, Obama said, were acting ‘in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status’.
Obama on Thursday also announced that Russians would be denied access to two sprawling Russian-owned compounds in Maryland and in New York. The president also placed sanctions on six Russian individuals and five Kremlin-associated entities.
The expelled diplomats and their families ‘will fly back to Russia on Saturday’, according to a Facebook post by the Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco.
A photo of the last dinner for some of the diplomats was posted on Facebook with the caption: ‘It’s so difficult to remain diplomatic… but we will.’
The consulate also called Obama’s expulsion ‘bizarre and ridiculous’ and mentioned that one of the expelled individuals is a chef, who ‘will be leaving with his wife and two-year old son’.
‘We strongly condemn the unfriendly and completely unjustified step taken by the outgoing US administration,’ officials from the consulate wrote.
Two of Trump’s previous tweets in the past 24 hours were also dedicated to Russia, with Trump making a point of siding with Putin against Obama and some American media outlets.