President Trump thinks computers aren't safe, promises hacking revelations

Tracy FergusonJan 05, 2017

"If you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong..."

"I just want them to be sure", he said, speaking with reporters outside his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla. Priebus added that the specifics covered during the briefings would be kept classified, as much of it would be incredibly shocking to the American populace.

The "scare quotes" around the words intelligence and Russian hacking seem to reflect Trump's previously stated position that it's almost impossible to know who hacked what and when - although intelligence experts both inside and outside of the government dispute that claim.

Sean Spicer, Mr. Trump's incoming White House Press Secretary, suggested the move may have been unfair.

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President-elect Donald Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday for his decision not to respond to sanctions levied by US President Barack Obama's administration this week in retaliation for suspected election-related hacking. These sanctions apply to several Russian companies, the Federal Security Service and the Main Intelligence Agency of Russia's General Staff. "Maybe it was; maybe it wasn't but you have to think about that". "We're not going to put the cart before the horse". "Not one thing happened".

In addition, Spicer questioned whether "there's a political retribution here versus a diplomatic response".

It was not clear when the briefing originally had been scheduled to take place. "They say Russian Federation is excellent", he said at a July 29 town hall event in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

"Really wish we saw more PEOTUS respect for our intelligence professionals", Warner said on Twitter. We don't think that frankly the steps that have been taken are enough of a deterrent.

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Speaking to reporters ahead of an 800-person New Year's Eve bash at his Mar-a-Lago estate, a tuxedoed Trump maintained that another culprit aside from Russian Federation could have been behind the tampering. "I'll tell you what: No computer is safe".

The fresh clash came as Trump promised to hold his first formal news conference since his election victory next week in NY.

In his tweet, Trump again expressed doubts about Russia's involvement in the cyberattacks that occurred during the election, including the high-profile DNC hack, as well as the email hack that targeted Clinton campaign chief John Podesta.

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