Trump to Fox News: ‘I Just Heard’ That Obama Knew About Russia a ‘Long Time Before the Election’


For the second time in less than a week, President Donald Trump sat down with a Fox & Friends host for an interview. Following his conversation with Ainsley Earhardt that aired last week, Fox News broadcast his sit-down with Pete Hegseth this morning.

At one point during their discussion, the president referenced a bombshell Washington Post story from last week that detailed the Obama administration’s response to Russian election interference and just how involved Russian President Vladimir Putin was in the campaign.

Parroting tweets he’s sent out the past couple of days, Trump indicated to Hegseth that this was the first time he had heard that President Barack Obama knew about the interference before the election.

“I just heard for the first time today that Obama knew about Russia for a long time before the election, that the CIA gave him information on Russia a long time before they even, you know, before the election,” the president stated.

He added, “The question is, if he had the information, why didn’t he do something about it? He should have done something about it. But you don’t read that. It’s quite sad.”

While the Post story reveals just how much Obama and why the administration didn’t act more forcefully at the time, it should be noted that the intelligence community put out a statement before the election stating that it was confident that Russia was attempting to influence the election to benefit Trump.

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