President Barack Obama had some choice words for Russia in his end-of-the-year press conference Friday, arguing that the nation doesn't have the ability to significantly shake U.S. democracy.
“The Russians can’t change us or significantly weaken us,” Obama said at the White House presser. “They are a smaller country, they are a weaker country, their economy doesn't produce anything that anybody wants to buy except oil and gas and arms. They don't innovate.”
Obama on Russia “They are a smaller country, they are a weaker country, their economy doesn’t produce anything that anybody wants to buy..." pic.twitter.com/nTVq5yh1Tu
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Obama spent much of the press conference fielding questions about Russian intervention in the U.S. election process by hacking into Democratic National Committee emails.
The president claimed that the hacks stopped after he told Russian President Vladimir Putin to "cut it out" in September.
Obama clarified that the hacking didn't affect the actual vote tally outcome of the presidential election, but he did argue that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was treated unfairly by the press — who covered the leaked emails obsessively, from the important to the banal, like "John Podesta's risotto recipe."
That coverage contributed to President-elect Donald Trump's victory, he implied.