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Russia succeeding beyond ‘wildest dreams’ as probe divides US: Trump

West Palm Beach: President Donald Trump said that Russia was succeeding beyond its “wildest dreams” in sowing US discord but refrained once more from directly challenging Moscow on its election meddling.
In a flurry of tweets, Trump blamed former president Barack Obama for failing to stop Russia while accusing the FBI of spending “too much time trying to prove collusion with the Trump campaign.”
But the president has made no move to take on Russia since indictments Friday against 13 Russians that laid out in detail aspects of an alleged covert effort to sway the 2016 US presidential election in Trump’s favor.
US intelligence chiefs warned earlier in the week that Russian meddling has continued and poses a threat to the US mid-term congressional elections in 2018.
Speaking at a security conference in Munich Saturday, National Security Advisor HR McMaster called the evidence of Russian interference in US democratic processes “incontrovertible.”
But Trump glossed over Russian responsibility and offered no indication of what his administration would do about it.
“General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems,” Trump said in a tweet late Saturday, making reference to his defeated Democratic Party challenger Hillary Clinton.
He followed that up Sunday: “I never said Russia did not meddle in the election, I said ‘it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer.’ The Russian ‘hoax’ was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia – it never did!”