Obama: ‘Vladimir Putin is not on our team’

This combination of file photos shows US President Barack Obama speaking at the White House in Washington, DC on December 16, 2016 and Vladimir Putin speaking in Moscow on December 23, 2016. The US on December 29, 2016, fired back at Moscow over its meddling in the presidential election, announcing a series of tough sanctions against intelligence agencies, expulsions of agents and shutting down of Russian compounds on US soil. 'I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government's aggressive harassment of US officials and cyber operations aimed at the US election,' Obama said. / AFP / Saul LOEB AND Natalia KOLESNIKOVA

President Barack Obama says he’s concerned about Republican commentators who appear to side with Russia over the US.

“What is true is that the Russians intended to meddle and they meddled,” Obama told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired Friday. “One of the things I am concerned about is the degree to which we’ve seen a lot of commentary lately where there are Republicans or pundits or cable commentators who seem to have more confidence in Vladimir Putin than fellow Americans because those fellow Americans are Democrats.”

“That cannot be,” Obama insisted. Asked if he was describing President-elect Donald Trump, Obama demurred. “Well, what I will say is that — and I said that after the election — we have to remind ourselves that we’re on the same team,” Obama said. “Vladimir Putin is not on our team.”

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