“That is not a joking matter,” Obama said. “No, no, no. I want everyone to pay attention here.”
Obama added: “That is dangerous.”
The president, campaigning in Miami for Hillary Clinton and Senate candidate Chris Murphy, said that “when you try to sow the seeds of doubt in people’s minds about the legitimacy of our elections, that undermines our democracy.”
“Then you are doing the work of our adversaries for them,” Obama argued. “Because our democracy depends on people knowing their vote matters.”
“France is hosting the conference on Sunday, 15 January. Some 70 nations are to send high-level representatives – including the U.S., which is sending John Kerry. When the conference is over he will have less than 120 hours left in office. It’s certain that his presumed successor, Rex Tillerson, and President Trump will take office next Friday with a substantially different perspective on the conference’s topic, Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. But France is determined to hold the conference now, and the Obama administration is determined to participate as if it has discretion over the future of U.S. policy at this point.
Notably, French President Francois Hollande is also on the way out. He will step down in May, after France’s national election, and it’s very likely that his old-guard socialist government will be replaced by a much different, more right-wing government.
France, like the rest of Europe, has destabilizing security problems today on a scale not seen since World War II. But Hollande and his foreign office have a boresight trained on “Israel and the Palestinian Arabs” as the issue for Middle East peace. And of all the things he could be doing, the one he is bent on at all costs is holding this 70-nation conference, this weekend.”
“A key problem with the “information” communicated in the now-infamous dossier supposedly compiled by an ex-MI6 operative on Donald Trump is that it’s asinine.
Not all of it is asinine. But there’s enough of it that’s asinine to justify qualifying the whole dossier in those terms.”