The Office of the Director of National Intelligence just released a declassified version of its report on cyberattacks during the election which said the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, and National Security Agency all concluded that “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election.”
The reported stated that the Russian government “developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump” during the election and tried to boost his chances of winning through propaganda and cyberattacks on the campaign of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
So with all that said, and despite being brief about it, what did President-elect Donald Trump have to say about it?
He issued a statement saying cyberattacks did not influence the presidential election. Um…
He went on to say, “While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines,” Trump said.
“There were attempts to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had strong hacking defenses and the hackers were unsuccessful,” he continued.