Barack Obama wants Trump to stand up to Russia
United States President Barack Obama on Thursday urged president-elect Donald Trump to stand up to Russia when it breaches international norms and not “just do whatever is convenient at the time”.
Speaking in Berlin, Obama said he hoped the US president-elect would “not simply take a realpolitik approach” to dealing with Russia. He also warned against a cyber arms race, saying there was clear proof Russia had engaged in cyber attacks. Obama was speaking after talks with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“What I said to him was, what may work in generating enthusiasm or passion during elections may be different from what will work in terms of unifying the country and gaining the trust of those who didn’t support him,” Obama said during a press conference in Berlin. “He’s indicated his willingness, his understanding of that. That has to reflect in not only what he says but how he fills out his administration.”