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Conservative think tank claims Obama's lack of two important traits 'emboldened' Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets President Barack Obama at the 2013 G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Guneev Sergey/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images)

A conservative think tank says President Barack Obama "emboldened" Russia to allegedly meddle in the U.S. elections.

In a tweet sent out Friday morning, the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation, which has supported President-elect Donald Trump throughout his transition to become commander in chief, said there are two things Russian President Vladimir Putin respects: strength and consistency.

"In the last eight years, President Obama has shown neither," the organization's tweet reads.

A 64-second video, which was also included in the post, says Obama "squandered" his opportunity and, as a result, Russia was "emboldened" to act.

Showing a still photo of the former KGB agent, the clip concludes by saying, "It's time to deal with Putin from a position of strength."

(H/T: Politico)

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