3. Inside the West Wing
Trump tweets, apparently in response to WashPost's "Hacking Democracy" takeout on "Obama's secret struggle to retaliate against Putin's election assault" (in AM yesterday; front page today):
"Since the Obama Administration was told way before the 2016 Election that the Russians were meddling, why no action? Focus on them, not T! ... Obama Administration official said they 'choked' when it came to acting on Russian meddling of election. They didn't want to hurt Hillary?"
N.Y. Times' Peter Baker responds: "Trump asks fair question: What did Obama do about Russian meddling before election? Also fair question: What has Trump done about it since?"
P.S. Peter leads the Sunday Review section with "The Anti-Legacy; Can President Trump tear Barack Obama from the pages of history?": "The [Asia] trade deal? Canceled. The climate pact? Forget it. Cuba? Partially reversed. ... [R]arely has a new president appeared so determined not just to steer the country in a different direction but to actively dismantle what was established before his arrival."
Worth the click ... Jerusalem Post, "Trump's team faces reality in the Middle East," by diplomatic correspondent Herb Keinon: "Washington is adopting a much different approach to peacemaking than the previous administration, a sign that it has learned from US President Barack Obama's mistakes."
"The Trump administration ... is making no public demands. ... And, all the while, it is probing the sides to see what they are –... willing to give, and then trying to see if there are ways to bridge the gaps. And it is doing this all very much behind closed doors, without megaphone diplomacy, without public threats of laying down an American blueprint, or dangling promises of high-profile summits."