Trump Makes Major Shift on Russian Hacking
President-elect Donald Trump makes a major shift and Trump accepts that Moscow was involved in hacking and subsequent disclosure of Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential election. Reince Priebus, Trump’s incoming Chief of Staff, said, “He accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russia so that’s not the issue.” He said that Trump plans to order the intelligence community to make recommendations as to what should be done. Depending on those recommendations, “actions may be taken.”
Trump Accepts Fact that Russia Was Involved
Trump accepts the fact that Russian hacked is a major shift for the President-elect. It was the first acknowledgement from a senior member of Trump’s team that he accepted that Moscow was involved in the hacking. Priebus did not clarify whether the president-elect agreed that the hacks were directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump has repeatedly rebuffed claims that Russia was behind the hacks or was trying to help him win, saying, “the intrusions could have been carried out by China or a 400-pound hacker on his bed.”
A U.S. intelligence report released last week said Putin directed a sophisticated influence campaign including cyber attacks to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and support Trump. The President-elect spent weeks questioning the publicly disclosed findings of the intelligence service before a briefing on Friday.
Priebus said Trump is on board now and that “actions may be taken” in response.