Lame Duck: The United States as we mentioned last night, deported 35 supposedly Russian spies in response to Russia's supposed intervention in last month's presidential election, causing further escalation in tensions between the two countries.
The US State Department reported that 35 secret service diplomats from the Russian Embassy in Washington DC and the Consulate of San Francisco were designated "persona non grata", and they were given the 72 hours to leave these countries and their families.
President Barack Obama also announced the closure of two Russian associations in New York and Maryland, which were used by Russian officials to collect information.
"I have announced sanctions for nine entities and individuals: GRU and FSB, two Russian intelligence agencies, four individual GRU officers, and three companies that have provided material support to GRU cyber businesses," President Barack Obama said in his statement.
Obama accused Russia of "aggressive harassment," saying that "all Americans should be alarmed by the actions of Russia." He believes that hacking "could only be organized by the highest levels of the Russian government." Of course, as we mentioned yesterday there is still no proof or if there is no announcement.
The move came as a retaliation for the hacking that took place during the election last month on the logistics of the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Of course, Russia denies any interference and called Obama's allegations "unfounded" by letting them seem to be unhappy with Obama's last days of rule.
So right after Obama's announcement on Thursday, the Russian embassy in London published a photo with a duckling lady saying "Lame."
President Obama expelled 35 🇷🇺 diplomats in Cold War already 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
The photo was published with an obvious reference to Obama, who is approaching the end of his presidential term at the White House as "lame duck" after almost eight years as president of the US.