Spicer Says Sanctions on Russia Might be Blown Out of Proportion: ‘Why the Magnitude of This?’


Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer is questioning the severity and the motivations behind President Obama‘s decision to sanction Russia for possibly influencing the election.

As President-Elect Donald Trump keeps casting doubt on the possibility that Russian hackers infiltrated Democratic Party organizations, Spicer appeared on ABC’s This Week to take questions about this from Jonathan Karl.

“I think one of the questions that we have is, ‘Why the magnitude of this,’ Spicer asked. “I mean you look at 35 people being expelled, two sites being closed down, the question is, is that response in proportion to the actions taken? Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t, but you have to think about that.”

Obama announced last week that he would expel 35 Russian operatives and shut down two of their compounds after multiple U.S. intelligence agencies connected the Russian government to the hacking. Trump was asked about this last night, where he said “I know a lot about hacking” and suggested that he knew of some pertinent information that he would soon share with the public.

During his interview today, Spicer also wondered whether the Obama Administration’s actions were “political retribution” instead of a “diplomatic response” to current developments.

Watch above, via ABC.

UPDATE: 6:45 pm EST: CNN’s Chris Cuomo took notice of Spicer’s argument, and he offered a response to it:

Make of that what you will.

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