The Obama administration ejected 35 suspected Russian intelligence operatives from the United States. Also, they imposed sanctions on Russia’s two leading intelligence services and penalized 4-top officers of the military intelligence unit known as the G.R.U.
“Intelligence agencies have concluded that the G.R.U. ordered the attacks on the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations. With the approval of the Kremlin, they enabled the publication of the emails it harvested to benefit Donald J. Trump’s campaign.” – New York Times
Also, the State Department announced the closing of two waterfront estates. One of them was located in Glen Cove, New York and the other on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
The Obama Administration
“All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions. We acted after 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.” – President Obama
In conclusion, this calculated move by the Obama administration is sure to box in President-elect Donald Trump. The President will have to decide whether to lift the sanctions on Russian intelligence agencies when he takes office next month.