On his broadcast Friday, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper highlighted what he believes is a lack of interest from the Trump administration over the threat that Russia poses to the United States.
A Washington Post report revealed Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin himself ordered Russian operatives to interfere in the U.S. presidential election between then-candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The report also said that former President Barack Obama took modest actions against Russia, which ultimately weren't as big as they should have been because Obama feared it would appear that his administration was trying to manipulate the outcome of the election in favor of Clinton.
But Cooper said President Donald Trump and his administration "continue to be blasé about it," before playing a clip of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and CNN host Alisyn Camerota sparring over what Trump is doing to combat the growing cyber threat that Russia poses to the Western world.
Cooper went on to claim that as a candidate, Trump treated the threat of Russian hacking as a "joke."
Hammering home his point, Cooper later said that Trump and his administration continue to show a lack of interest in Russia. In fact, Cooper said Trump appears to only care about the Russian hacking story so to clear his name of any wrongdoing. Democrats allege Trump's campaign colluded with Russian operatives, but the claims have proved thus far to be unfounded.
"The common thread seems to be a lack of interest in the actual threat," Cooper said.
But many people found the assertion of Cooper's monologue, namely that Trump is only interested in Russia so to clear his name, a bit out-of-touch.
After all, it was then-President Barack Obama, the former leader of the Democratic Party, who chided Mitt Romeny during a presidential debate in 2012 over Romney's belief that Russia is the greatest geo-political threat to the U.S.
Obama said at the time:
Governor Romney, I’m glad that you recognize Al Qaeda as a threat because a few months ago, when you were asked what’s the biggest geo-political threat facing America, you said Russia.
Not Al Qaeda, you said Russia. The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because you know, the Cold War has been over for 20 years.
As fate would have it, Romney turned out to be correct and now Democrats talk about the threat Russia poses each and every day on cable news shows.
Twitter users emphasized the fact that Democrats were first to dismiss Russia as a threat in response to Cooper's monologue, in addition to the fact that the mainstream media didn't chide Democrats for dismissing Russia then:
Things not said about the last president in 2012. https://t.co/x6aQA6zQEu— Stephen L. Miller (@Stephen L. Miller)1498268697.0
-- said Mitt Romney, 2012— Hube (@ColossusRhodey) June 24, 2017
You mean the threat that the Obama Admin literally ignored because they thought Hillary was going to win? Good one! 😂😂😂😂😂😂— ReeFungorioJr (@No_Free_Speech) June 24, 2017
Exactly. Why the heck didn't Obama investigate Russia? Oh yeah, because he thought it would help his party...— Adge the patriot (@AdgeSolomon) June 24, 2017
didn't you mco Mr. Romney's concern about Russia and ignore Mr. Obama's flexibility toward Russia? #propagandist— Jim (@WontComply) June 24, 2017
So when Obama laughed at Romney during the Debate/'12, told him "the Cold War is over" YOU were silent. No reporting— deborah hallsted (@deborahhallsted) June 24, 2017
Were you preoccupied when Obama ridiculed Romney in 2012 for his warning? Or the last 4 yrs of Obama? Journolism(sic)— Chris Clinkinbeard (@Clinkin53) June 24, 2017