When ABC's Jonathan Karl asked him whether a Trump White House would involve "major policy done via Twitter", Spicer said the concern reflects how mainstream journalists are concerned that Trump has a way to speak to the public without intermediaries. "No action publicly was taken", he said.

Obama, a Democrat leaving office next month after two terms, has insisted the hacking probe is non-political, saying, "There is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action".

Sean Spicer, the incoming White House communications director, suggested Sunday that President Obama's imposition of Russian sanctions related to email hacking was politically motivated, considering China recently did far worse without punishment.

Republican John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has scheduled a hearing for Thursday on foreign cyber threats and has said that Russian Federation must be made to pay the price for attacks "on our very fundamentals of democracy".

Spicer said that after China in 2015 seized records of USA government employees "no action publicly was taken". "We don't think that, frankly, the steps that have been taken are enough of a deterrent, and you're going to see bipartisan support in Congress for stronger sanctions".

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Russia is ready to do its part to fully restore ties with Washington following the election of businessman Donald Trump as the next US President, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

Now that the dust has settled of who is going to our White House on January 20, 2017 is none-other than the liar Donald Trump.

Commenting on the new sanctions, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said they were a manifestation of aggression.

Remember how President-elect Donald Trump told 60 Minutes shortly after winning the electionthat he was planning to be "restrained" on how he uses Twitter?

"I'm going to be working; I'm not going to be decorating", Trump said over the summer. "What we've had in the past is people who have looked in the rearview mirror".