President Barack Obama appeared on “The Daily Show” for the final time as President of the United States on Monday.
In an interview with host Trevor Noah that was recorded over the weekend, Obama discusses the future of the nation and the implications regarding Russia’s attempt to try and influence the 2016 presidential election.
“None of this should be a big surprise,” Obama told Noah. “This was reported on before the election. I don’t think there was any doubt among anybody in the media or among members of Congress as to who was being advantaged or disadvantaged by the political gossip that was being put out in drip-drip-drip fashion leading up to the election.”
The president then said aloud what many people often ponder: President-elect Donald Trump and his connections to Russia.
“This was not a secret running up to the election!” Obama explained. “The president-elect in some of his political events specifically said to the Russians, ‘Hack Hillary’s emails so that we can finally find out what’s going on, and confirm our conspiracy theories.’ You had what was very clear relationships between members of the president-elect’s campaign team and Russians, and a professed shared view on a bunch of issues.”
“The reason that I have called for a review is really to just gather all the threads of the investigations — the intelligence work — that has been done over many months so the public and our elected representatives going forward can find ways to prevent this kind of interference from having an impact on the elections in the future,” Obama explained.
Earlier in the week, the president-elect spoke out about claims that Russia influenced the election. He did not dismiss them, though he did wonder what would have happened if he had claimed it about the other side.
“Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!” Trump wrote on Twitter.