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Trump Calls The Majority Who Voted Against Him Enemies And Losers In New Year’s Message

Trump Calls The Majority Who Voted Against Him Enemies And Losers In New Year’s Message

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POLITICUS USA

President-elect Trump delivered a bizarre New Year’s message where he claimed that the majority of voters who voted against him are his enemies and losers.

Trump tweeted:

The message above was delivered by the next President Of The United States. Trump eschewed the traditional message of hope and unity for a victory lap and a shot at his enemies. Trump’s list of enemies and losers obviously includes the more than 65 million Americans who voted against him.

The reality is that the people who voted against Trump know exactly what to do. They are mobilizing in an unprecedented effort to fight his agenda. Never has a president-elect taken office with a net negative approval rating. Donald Trump is going to begin his term as one of the least popular presidents in U.S. history. Fifty-four percent of all voters in the 2016 presidential election voted against Donald Trump.

Donald Trump continues to live in the past and is using his Electoral College win as the ultimate ego stroke. It is Trump who has unpopular secret plans that he won’t discuss publicly and has yet to articulate a clear idea of what he is doing.

Trump has an enemies list, and there are nearly 66 million names on it. The problem for the president-elect is that those voters are getting ready to push back.

In spite of this maniacal man-child:

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10 things you need to know today: December 31, 2016

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THE WEEK

1. Trump compliments Putin following Obama retaliation
“Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Friday afternoon, responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that he would not immediately react to retaliatory sanctions on Russia which President Obama debuted as punishment for election interference attempts. The Russian embassy in America retweeted the post. Several hours later, Trump reiterated his praise, tweeting that Russians are playing CNN and NBC — but not Fox — for fools.

Source: The Hill, Reuters

2. Putin says Russia will not ‘downgrade’ to ‘irresponsible’ diplomacy after sanctions
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Friday he will wait for President-elect Donald Trump to take office before deciding how to respond to the sanctions imposed on Russia by the Obama administration this week. On Thursday, President Obama announced the U.S. would expel 35 Russian diplomats, close two Russian compounds in the U.S., and slap economic sanctions on Russian entities and individuals connected to cyberattacks during the U.S. presidential election. Putin said he will not “downgrade” to “the level of irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy” Obama displayed. On Saturday, Putin congratulated Trump instead of Obama in his New Year’s Eve greeting to fellow heads of state, expressing hope for a new era of U.S.-Russian relations.

Source: The Week, CNN

3. Republicans split over appropriate Russia stance
Republicans are divided over whether to follow President-elect Donald Trump’s lead in dismissing allegations of Russian efforts to interfere in the U.S. election and embracing Russian President Vladimir Putin. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Friday said Obama’s sanctions are “petty little actions” designed to take “tremendous leverage” away from his successor. Also on Friday, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) refused to condemn the hacks, arguing that if “Russia succeeded in giving the American people information that was accurate, then they merely did what the media should have done.” By contrast, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the 2008 GOP nominee, labeled Russian election meddling an “attack” and an “act of war” for which there must be “a price to pay.”

Source: The Hill, The Washington Examiner

4. Syria cease-fire holds through early clashes
The cease-fire in Syria negotiated by Russia, Iran, and Turkey appears to be holding despite “clashes, shelling, and air raids in western Syria,” Reuters reported Friday. Rebel and government forces have been trading blame for the violations, but as of Friday night local time, no civilian casualties had been reported and diplomats remained optimistic that the deal reached Thursday would stick. Still, rebel groups threatened Saturday to back out if regime attacks continue. This cease-fire is the third this year; the previous two arrangements failed within days.

Source: Reuters, The Guardian

5. Vermont utility system detects code tied to Russian hacking
A laptop associated with a Vermont electric agency, the Burlington Electric Department, was found on Friday to contain code linked to a Russian hacking campaign known as Grizzly Steppe. The laptop, which was not connected to the electric grid, was immediately isolated and the rest of the department’s computers placed under investigation. “Our team is working with federal officials to trace this malware and prevent any other attempts to infiltrate utility systems,” Mike Kanarick, a representative of the utility, said in a statement. The goal of Grizzly Steppe remains undetermined, and the laptop may have become infected without any Russian action, e.g. by contact with an untrustworthy website.

Source: Reuters, Politico

6. Military to execute a prisoner for the first time in 55 years
A judge has denied a former U.S. Army soldier’s bid for another stay of execution, setting the military up to execute its first prisoner in 55 years. Ronald Gray has been on death row since 1988 for committing two murders and three rapes in Fayetteville, North Carolina, while stationed at Fort Bragg. Gray additionally pleaded guilty to two other murders and five rapes in a separate civilian court. An execution date could be set within the next 30 days, according to Army regulations. The last military execution took place in 1961, when John Bennett was hanged after being convicted of raping and trying to kill an 11-year-old Austrian girl. The military now uses lethal injection to carry out capital punishment.

Source: CNN

7. ISIS claims responsibility for Baghdad explosion killing 28
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a Saturday morning attack at a market in Baghdad, Iraq, that killed at least 28 people and injured about 54 more. The circumstances of the attack are unclear, but it is believed to have included at least one suicide bombing and perhaps a car bomb as well. The market was targeted to kill Shi’ite Muslims, whom ISIS, as Sunni extremists, regard as apostates. This incident comes as ISIS is poised to lose control of Mosul, its last major stronghold in Iraq.

Source: Reuters, Associated Press

8. Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds to have a joint funeral
Actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, the mother-daughter duo who died within one day of each other, will likely have a joint funeral, Reynolds’ son Todd Fisher confirmed. “It’s what we want to do, but we’re still working on the mechanics. We like the idea, if it’s at all possible,” Fisher said. “I think it’s appropriate.” HBO also announced Friday that it will premiere Bright Lights, the documentary on the lives the two actresses, on Jan. 7. The film was originally slated for release in March 2017, but the premiere date was moved up following news of the deaths.

Source: The Guardian, Mashable

9. Ronda Rousey knocked out in 48 seconds in comeback fight
UFC fighter Ronda Rousey was defeated in less than a minute by Brazil’s Amanda Nunes, the defending women’s bantamweight champion, on Friday night. The 48-second fight was supposed to be Rousey’s comeback moment more than a year after she ended her undefeated streak with a loss to Holly Holm in November of 2015. Following Friday’s failure, Rousey’s career is in question and retirement may be on the table. Rousey “had her time, she did a lot for the sport,” Nunes said after the bout. “But right now, I showed I’m the champion and I’m here to stay.”

Source: Yahoo Sports, CNN

10. Comet to cruise past Earth on New Year’s Eve
A comet is expected to split the nighttime sky on New Year’s Eve, NASA announced this week. Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková will appear near the moon on Dec. 31, as it makes its closest approach to the sun. However, binoculars will likely be needed to spot the blue-green orb, as it will be 30 times farther away from the Earth than the moon. The comet, which makes a full orbit around the Earth once every 5.25 years, made its first appearance of 2016 on Dec. 15 near the M75 star cluster. It is expected to make one more appearance in February after it circles back around the sun.

Source: Gizmodo, USA Today

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10 things you need to know today: December 30, 2016

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THE WEEK

1. Obama unveils sanctions against Russia over alleged election meddling
The Obama administration on Thursday struck back at Russia for allegedly directing cyberattacks to influence the November presidential election. The U.S. expelled 35 suspected Russian “intelligence operatives,” closed two Russian-owned compounds linked to intelligence gathering, and imposed economic sanctions against six individuals, two Russian intelligence services, and three companies. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia hacked Democrats and leaked their emails to damage Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign and help her rival, Donald Trump, although Russia denies involvement. President-elect Trump reiterated his call to “move on to bigger and better things.”

Source: The Washington Post, Bloomberg

2. Syria cease-fire takes effect
A cease-fire negotiated by Russia, Iran, and Turkey took effect in Syria at midnight Friday, hours after the Syrian government and opposition groups signed onto the agreement on Thursday. The truce does not cover the Islamic State and the al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deal appeared to be holding in its first hours, despite scattered clashes. The Syrian National Coalition said rebel factions would respect the cease-fire but retaliate if the government and its allies resumed shelling and airstrikes in rebel areas.

Source: BBC News, USA Today

3. Germany confirms authenticity of suspected Berlin attacker’s video
The German federal prosecutor said Thursday that investigators had concluded that a video reported to show suspected Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri pledging allegiance to the Islamic State is authentic. In the video, released a week ago, Amri proclaims his allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and vows to slaughter “crusaders who are shelling the Muslims every day.” Twelve people were killed and at least 48 injured when a truck plowed through the market on Dec. 19.

Source: CNN

4. Trump press secretary says ‘business as usual is over’
Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a Thursdayinterview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that “business as usual is over” in terms of how the president interacts with the media and the American people. “I think the thing you’ve seen with Donald Trump is that … he doesn’t look to the past and say, ‘I’ve got to conform to these precedents,'” Spicer said. Instead, Spicer said, Trump will figure out “the best way” to interact with the American public, which could include Facebook town halls or getting “input from Twitter.”

Source: Politico, Breitbart

5. Ex-officer’s retrial scheduled for March in Walter Scott killing
Former North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager’s retrial for the fatal shooting of a black man, Walter Scott, has been set for March 1, according to a notice filed in a U.S. District Court in Charleston. Slager’s first murder trial ended in a mistrial earlier this month, with jurors unable to agree on whether to convict him of murder or manslaughter, or find him not guilty. 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson vowed a swift retrial. Slager fatally shot Scott after a routine traffic stop as Scott ran away. Slager said he feared for his own life, thinking Scott had his stun gun. A video recorded by a witness sparked outrage, and fueled protests over the use of police force against African-Americans.

Source: The Post and Courier

6. Dylann Roof to get second competency hearing
Dylann Roof, the admitted white supremacist convicted earlier this month of killing nine black Charleston churchgoers, will undergo a second competency hearing before the penalty phase of his trial starts next week. Jurors found Roof, 22, guilty of 33 federal counts, mostly involving hate crimes and obstruction of religion, and now must decide whether he will be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. Roof plans to represent himself during the penalty phase, but a standby counsel filed the motion requesting a hearing to determine whether Roof is fit to proceed. A previous competency hearing delayed jury selection in November before Roof was found competent to stand trial.

Source: USA Today

7. U.S. incarceration rate drops to lowest since 1994
The U.S. imprisonment rate fell to one in 37 adults in 2015, the lowest level since 1994, the Department of Justice said Thursday. The decline came as the federal and state prison population fell by 35,500 to 1.53 million. That marked a 2.3 percent drop from the previous year, the biggest decline since 1978. The shift came as federal and state corrections policies changed, with fewer nonviolent drug offenders sentenced to prison.

Source: Reuters

8. Amazon applies for patent of airborne distribution facilities
Amazon has filed a patent application for the use of airships to serve as distribution centers for products to be delivered by drones. According to the application, which was filed two years ago but only spotted by research firm CB Insights analyst Zoe Leavitt this week, drones launched from “airborne fulfillment centers” would use much less power than drones taking off from the ground. The airships would hover at 45,000 feet, with smaller airships restocking them. Amazon, which has plans to start using drones for some deliveries next year, was not available for immediate comment.

Source: Reuters

9. Coroner rules 1994 Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam’s death a suicide
A county coroner said Thursday that 1994 Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, who was found dead in a Boulder, Colorado, park earlier this month, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. A toxicology report said Salaam, 42, had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit for drivers in the state, and he had traces of THC, the psychoactive property of marijuana, in his system. Salaam won the Heisman as a University of Colorado running back, and went on to play four seasons in the NFL. The coroner’s report said he had “a history of depression; and recent life stressors,” which were not specified. Salaam’s brother, Jabali Alaji, said earlier this month that his brother battled depression and showed symptoms of football head trauma, including memory loss.

Source: Reuters

10. Tennis great Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian
Tennis superstar Serena Williams on Thursday announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Reddit, which bills itself as “the front page of the internet,” marked the engagement with a post showing its mascot, Snoo, dressed as Ohanian, kneeling and holding a diamond while a tennis-skirt-wearing female Snoo representing Williams floats above him. A Williams spokeswoman said the couple, who started dating last fall after knowing each other for a while, had not set a wedding date yet.

Source: The New York Times

 

U.S. Politics

Trump Issues Weak Statement After Obama Reminds Russia That He’s Still President

Trump Issues Weak Statement After Obama Reminds Russia That He’s Still President

Trump’s response suggests that holding Russia accountable for its unprecedented election meddling isn’t that high on his list of priorities.

POLITICUS USA

President-Elect Donald Trump issued an official statement on Thursday after the Obama administration announced harsh retaliatory measures against Russia for its hacking of the 2016 election.

Despite both parties joining hands to strongly condemn Russia’s interference and support President Obama’s tough actions, Trump’s response was short and weak – and it didn’t even explicitly mention the Russian cyberattack.

The full statement:

It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.

It’s clear that Trump cares very little about Russia’s attack on the U.S. – probably because it helped put him in the White House – but he also isn’t even bothering to get “updated on the facts” until next week.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration and members of both political parties are treating the matter with the seriousness that it deserves.

As the New York Times noted Thursday, Obama’s counter-punch represents the strongest ever U.S. response to a state-sponsored cyber attack. The administration ordered 35 Russian intelligence diplomats to leave the country and imposed harsh sanctions on two Russian intelligence services and four top officers.

Trump’s statement on Thursday suggests that holding Russia accountable for its unprecedented election meddling isn’t that high on his list of priorities. His response echoes his earlier statement on Wednesday from his Mar-a-Lago hideout, when he said it’s “time for our country to move on.”

Starting Jan. 20, we will have an American president that will be a dream come true for Vladimir Putin – a man who will simply “move on” when our country comes under attack from a foreign government.

Until then, President Obama is reminding the Russian government that, at least until next month, he’s still president and they will face harsh consequences.

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Asked About Russia Sanctions, Donald Trump Says ‘We Ought to Get On With Our Lives’

Trump has cast doubt on the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian hackers meddled in the U.S. election

TIME

(PALM BEACH, Fla.)—U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that the United States and Russia lay to rest the controversy over Moscow’s computer hacking of Democratic Party computers, saying, “We ought to get on with our lives.”

Trump has cast doubt on the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian hackers took information from Democratic Party computers and individuals and posted it online to help Trump win the election.

The Obama administration plans to announce on Thursday a series of retaliatory measures against Russia for hacking into U.S. political institutions and individuals and leaking information, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

Asked by reporters if the United States should sanction Russia, Trump replied: “I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on.”

Trump made his remarks at Mar-a-Lago, his seaside Florida resort where he is spending the Christmas and New Year’s holidays while also interviewing candidates for administration jobs.

Trump said he was not familiar with remarks earlier on Wednesday by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who said Russia and President Vladimir Putin should expect tough sanctions for the cyber attacks.

“We have speed. We have a lot of other things but I’m not sure you have the kind of security that you need. But I have not spoken with the senators and I certainly will be over a period of time,” he said.

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Muslim Family Restaurant Finds Creative Way To Tell Donald Trump To Go F*ck Himself

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ADDICTING INFO

Donald Trump and his deplorable supporters are going to lose their shit when they hear about this.

Since 1960, Mama Ayesha’s restaurant has served Middle Eastern cuisine in Washington D.C. in the same spot. Since 2009, it has been the home of a special presidential mural featuring Ayesha standing in unison with the last ten presidents, including President Obama.

“This is Mama welcoming the presidents to DC,” her great-nephew Abu-El-Hawa told the Washingtonian about the painting. “She was the American dream. For a Muslim and Arab woman immigrant from Palestine to come here on her own and build this business, is a remarkable legacy.”

The painting was commissioned in 2007 and supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and was completed by artist Karla “Karlisima” Rodas, an immigrant from El Salvador.

But Donald Trump will not be joining the ten presidents on the mural. And that’s a good thing.

When Ayesha passed away in 1993, she left the famous restaurant to her nephew, who is citing budgetary reasons for declining to add Trump to the mural.

“Our official position is that it is not in the budget,” Abu-El-Hawa stated.

In other words, Trump can go f*ck himself.

Donald Trump does not deserve to be recognized in a mural that celebrates diversity. Mama Ayesha is a Palestinian woman linking arms with ten presidents, one of whom is the first African-American president. It would also be insulting to President Obama since Trump would be shown linking arms with him.

And that just does not jive well considering Trump is a racist divider who panders to white supremacists and wants to ban Muslims from the country, which would be an insult to Ayesha.

Here’s a look at the mural via YouTube.

The mural serves as “Washington DC’s largest postcard” and it’s safe to say that Trump is not someone who will make people want to visit our nation’s capital.

Cue the temper tantrum from Trump and his supporters in 3…2…1…

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Who are the Russians Obama just sanctioned, and what do those sanctions mean?

Who are the Russians Obama just sanctioned, and what do those sanctions mean?

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POLICY.MIC

On Thursday, President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia as punishment for the cyberattacks on the 2016 presidential election that the U.S. intelligence community unanimously agreed Russia was behind.

The sanctions apply to nine Russian entities and individuals, who the U.S. says were involved in the election-related hacks, and bar them from traveling to the United States, according to the New York Times.

The entities

The Main Intelligence Directorate, also known as the GRU, which the White House says launched cyberattacks “with the purpose or effect of interfering with the 2016 U.S. election processes.”

The Federal Security Service, which the White House says aided the GRU in hacking the election.

The Special Technology Center, which the U.S. says aided the GRU in “conducting signals intelligence operations.”

Zorsecurity, which the White House says provided “technical research and development” to the GRU.

And the Autonomous Noncommercial Organization, which the White House says “provided specialized training to the GRU.”

The people

The U.S. also named four GRU officials — including high-ranking Russian military personnel — in their sanctions.

They are: Chief Igor Valentinovich Korobov, Deputy Chief Sergey Aleksandrovich Gizunov and First Deputy Chiefs Igor Olegovich Kostyukov and Vladimir Stepanovich Alexseyev.

Along with specifically sanctioning the individuals listed above, Obama expelled 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the U.S. who were “acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status,” according to the White House.

The White House said these officials, who were working at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the Russian Consulate in San Francisco, are now “persona non grata” — or unwelcome people. These officials and their families have 72 hours to leave the United States.

The United States is also closing two Russian compounds in Maryland and New York that the Washington Post said were “used for intelligence activities.”

Mostly, however, these sanctions will provide a test to President-elect Donald Trump.

Instead of deciding whether to impose sanctions on Russia for the hacking, Trump would have to decide whether to lift them.

Trump seems to doubt that Russia was behind the hacks of the election that hit the Democratic National Committee and high-ranking staffers in his opponent Hillary Clinton’s campaign. His doubts run counter to the unanimous belief of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia was the culprit.

Many members of Trump’s own party, however, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, have said Russia’s role should be investigated.

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Donald Trump confirmed yesterday that his veterans’ health “plan” is a joke

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VOX TOPICS

One of Donald Trump’s major themes on the 2016 campaign trail was the need to improve the health care offerings afforded to America’s veterans. We’re going to “take care of our veterans like they have never been taken care of before” was a fairly typical stump speech line, though he sometimes shortened it to simply a brief promise to “take care of our vets.”

This was typically laced with references to the spring 2014 VA scandal and devoid of references to the bipartisan reform legislation that passed in the wake of the scandal. Trump didn’t particularly have a policy critique of the Obama administration and never so much as mentioned any of Hillary Clinton’s policy ideas on the issue — the pitch he was making was, broadly, that Democrats didn’t respect or care about veterans as much as he did.

Wednesday he held meetings at his Florida estate with private sector health care leaders to discuss ways to improve things, and then, as described by the New York Times’s Michael Shear, briefed the press on his thinking:

Mr. Trump met with several executives of private hospital systems at his Mar-a-Lago estate on Wednesday. After the meeting, Mr. Trump called out to reporters, saying he wanted to describe his ideas for changes to the Department of Veterans Affairs, but then quickly directed one of his senior aides to describe the proposals under consideration.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, provided no details about how the plans would work, how much they would cost, or the possibility of unintended consequences from privatizing part of the V.A.’s sprawling medical system.

Looking back to the campaign trail, it’s not hard to see what Trump was doing. Whether it was taking care of vets or respecting cops or reopening coal mines or getting Americans jobs in steel mills, wherever there was a stereotypically male occupational category, Trump was there to rhetorically elevate its social status.

He did not actually have a specific criticism of the veterans’ health care status quo or a specific plan to improve it, and I think Americans in the relevant parts of the country will soon find that he doesn’t have a plan to bring back coal mining or labor-intensive forms of domestic steel production either. In many cases, that reality probably won’t cost Trump votes. Voting for the guy who praises steel and coal and cops and veterans rather than the woman talking about reducing student debt is at least as much a matter of identity politics as it is a matter of policy. After all, anyone interested enough in the details of veterans’ health policy or energy policy could have figured out pretty quickly that there was no substance to Trump’s plans.

But there probably are some people out there who voted for Trump on the assumption that he had some notion of how to accomplish the things he’s promised. If so, they’re set to be sorely disappointed.

 

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U.S. Unveils Plan to Punish Russians for Election Hack

NBC BREAKING NEWS

The Obama administration has imposed sanctions against Russia’s intelligence apparatus — including the expulsion of 35 diplomats — in retaliation for the alleged orchestration of hacking attacks designed to interfere in the presidential election.

The actions outlined Thursday afternoon also include:

  • Shutting down two compounds, one in in Maryland and one in New York, “used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes.”
  • Sanctions against the Russian intelligence services GRU and FSB, high-ranking officers of the GRU, and three companies that allegedly provided support to the GRU’s cyber operations
  • Releasing technical information about Russian cyber activity, “to help network defenders in the United States and abroad identify, detect, and disrupt Russia’s global campaign of malicious cyber activities.”

“These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior,” President Obama said in a statement.

“All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions.”

In his statement, Obama said the U.S. had declared 35 Russian “intelligence operatives” persona non grata. The State Department said the 35 are diplomats “who were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic or consular status” and accused Russia of harassing U.S. diplomats overseas.

As of noon on Friday, the U.S. will bar Russian access to two Moscow-owned “recreational compounds,” the White House said. No further detail was provided, but since 1972, the Russians have owned a historic estate overlooking the Chester River in eastern Maryland. They also own property in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, but it’s not clear if that is affected.

There was no immediate response from Moscow. In anticipation of the announcement, Russia on Wednesday called the hacking allegations “misinformation” and “lies” and vowed to respond to any retribution.

“We can only add that if Washington takes new hostile steps, it will receive an answer,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website.

“This applies to any actions against Russian diplomatic missions in the United States, which will immediately backfire at U.S. diplomats in Russia. The Obama administration probably does not care at all about the future of bilateral relations, but history will hardly forgive it for this après-nous-le-deluge attitude.”

As NBC News first reported two weeks ago, U.S. intelligence officials believe Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in the alleged hacking campaign, and the CIA concluded the goal was to help elect Donald Trump by leaking emails that were embarrassing to Democrats.

Publicly, President Obama has blamed “the highest level” of the Russian government for the hacks, noting that “not much happens in Russia” without Putin giving the green light.

Trump has expressed doubt as to whether Russia tried to meddle in the election. Asked on Wednesday about possible sanctions against Russia in the wake of the cyber-attacks, the president-elect said, “I think we ought to get on with our lives.”

Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., said this week that there is broad support for sanctions against Russian and even the Russian president.

“I predict there will be bipartisan sanctions coming that will hit Russia hard, particularly Putin as an individual,” Graham told reporters in Riga, Latvia.

Russia has repeatedly denied involvement, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has denied that his site was being used by the Russian government when it published emails stolen from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

The White House said the actions will go beyond those announced Thursday.

“We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized,” Obama said in his statement.

TRACY CONNOR