- The Washington Times - Friday, December 30, 2016

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said Friday that President Obama’s late-term moves on Russia and Israel show Mr. Obama is trying to “box in” President-elect Donald Trump.

“Of course, he is,” Mr. Giuliani said on “Fox & Friends.”

“The 18 months of hacking — why didn’t he do something about it 10 months ago? It never would have happened,” said Mr. Giuliani, a top ally of Mr. Trump.

“There’s a certain pettiness that I hadn’t seen before,” he said.

“To do this after 18 months when you could have prevented it 10 months ago, to double-cross Israel in [the] last hours of his administration, after pretending he was a friend of Israel — which no one believed,” he said.

“To do those two things, to basically reduce the leverage of the next president,” Mr. Giuliani said.

The Obama administration announced a new round of sanctions on Russian officials this week in response to alleged cyberattacks during the presidential campaign.

And in a move that angered advocates of Israel in both parties, the U.S. declined to veto a recent United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in land Palestinians want for an independent state.

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