Russian Embassy Calls Obama A Lame Duck – Gets EPICALLY Tarred & Feathered By The Internet
A Tit-For-Tat Water Fowl Based Tweet Is At The Centre Of Russia’s Anger Over New Sanctions Imposed By Obama
President Obama vowed to take action against Russia for its suspected role in email hacking that is believed to have influenced the American election. Today the current POTUS followed through on his promise.
The CBC reports that the US State Department has “imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services,” as well as giving “35 Russian diplomats from its embassy in Washington and consulate in San Francisco” 72 hours to leave the country.
Reuters News Agency quotes the president who made the announcement while on vacation in Hawaii.
“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.”
The news did not go down well with Russia as Techwise.pk reports. The Russian Embassy in London, UK took to twitter to slam the Obama administration in an admittedly hilarious, if not bizarre way.
President Obama expels 35 ?? diplomats in Cold War deja vu. As everybody, incl ?? people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm. pic.twitter.com/mleqA16H8D
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) December 29, 2016
When a major embassy of a world superpower releases a tweet such as this, it gets people’s attention. And it also encourages other social media users to do some heavy duty trolling.
@RussianEmbassy just checking you haven’t been hacked?
— Latika M Bourke (@latikambourke) December 29, 2016
— Diana Crandall (@DianaCReports) December 29, 2016
— Onipka (@ksush73) December 29, 2016
For the expulsions and sanctions Russia has threatened retaliation beyond just using humorous water fowl focused tweets according to the Wall Street Journal.
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“A Kremlin spokesman said President Vladimir Putin would determine a response to the sanctions and other measures, saying the “principle of reciprocity applies here,” according to the Interfax news agency.”
All of this is playing out just a few weeks before Obama leaves office and pro-Putin president-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated. That, of course, means these efforts by the current POTUS might be overturned within a short time, but not before making Trump’s job a bit more difficult.
“…It puts President-elect Donald Trump in a tough position of having to either defend an unpopular Russian regime or abandon his calls for better relations with Moscow. After all, politics is war and just because President Obama is leaving the battlefield it doesn’t mean he has to go without giving his fellow soldiers a weapon or two.”
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Chris Hearn is an ageing freelance writer located in wintery Winnipeg. He is a stay-at-home-parent, amateur stand-up comedian, and a guy with a lot of opinions, much to everyone’s dismay.