In Year-End News Conference, Obama Urges Trump To Take Foreign Election Impact Seriously

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President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)


President Barack Obama suggested strongly on Friday that Russia’s Vladimir Putin knew about the email hackings that roiled the U.S. presidential race, and he urged his successor, Republican Donald Trump, to back a bipartisan investigation into the matter.

“Not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin,” Obama said in his year-end news conference. The president said he had warned Putin there would be serious consequences it he did not “cut it out,” through Obama did not specify the extent or timing of any U.S. retaliation.

NPR’s Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR), Mary Louise Kelly (@NPRKelly) and Tom Bowman (@TBowmanNPR) join Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson and Peter O’Dowd to discuss Obama’s final news conference of 2016.

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