After several rattles, which emerged because of Trump’s tweet, about the hacking briefing to the President-elect, it finally took place on Friday. The meeting was probably supposed to shift Trump’s stand on Russia, but nothing seems to have changed.
Below is the statement from Trump.
“I had a constructive meeting and conversation with the leaders of the Intelligence Community this afternoon. I have tremendous respect for the work and service done by the men and women of this community to our great nation.
“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. There were attempts to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had strong hacking defenses and the hackers were unsuccessful.
“Whether it is our government, organizations, associations or businesses we need to aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks. I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office. The methods, tools and tactics we use to keep America safe should not be a public discussion that will benefit those who seek to do us harm. Two weeks from today I will take the oath of office and America’s safety and security will be my number one priority.”
Extracted from The New York Times
Soon after the meeting, Trump also managed to blame Democrat National Committee for allowing the Russians to hack into. He wrote on Twitter: Gross negligence by the Democratic National Committee allowed hacking to take place. The Republican National Committee had strong defense!
Gross negligence by the Democratic National Committee allowed hacking to take place.The Republican National Committee had strong defense!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2017
On the same issue, the incumbent President Obama said, “One of the things I am concerned about is the degree to which we’ve seen a lot of commentary lately where there are Republicans or pundits or cable commentators who seem to have more confidence in (Russian President) Vladimir Putin than fellow Americans because those fellow Americans are Democrats. That cannot be. We have to remind ourselves we’re on the same team. Vladimir Putin’s not on our team.”
Obama’s words are agreeable to some extent. However, wasn’t the 21st century meant to be about globalizing and maintaining peaceful relations with others? If so, then why should American administration be against Russia?
US Intelligence after the meeting
Since the meeting and Trump’s indifferent response, the US Intelligence has released another report which clarifies that the Russian President Putin formed a campaign/ group to intervene in US elections. The report also accuses Russia of preferring Trump policies and favoring him in their intervention acts.