President–elect Donald Trump met Friday evening with top insight authorities, who informed him on the part they trust Russia played in cyber-attacks identified with the U.S. presidential election.
Trump released a statement taking after the meeting, calling the discussions “constructive” and accentuating that he has “tremendous respect for the work and service done by the men and women of [the intelligence] community to our great nation.”
The president-elect has over and over cast doubt on the intelligence community’s assessment that the Russian government was behind hacking efforts targeting the Democratic National Committee, and he has blamed insight authorities for landing at conclusions that were politically spurred.
On Friday, Trump listed Russia as one of the several entities that could have been behind the theft and release of thousands of DNC emails. But, he held back before singling out the country whose totalitarian pioneer, Vladimir Putin, Trump incredibly respects.
“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 [sic] 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.
Trump’s decision that the cyber-attacks didn’t influence the race result seems, by all accounts, to be found all alone math, as opposed to what insight authorities let him know amid the instructions. Chief of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate board of trustees this week that in spite of the fact that the knowledge group does not trust hacked voting machines changed any vote counts, he proved unable “gage the effect [the hacks] had on the decisions the electorate made.”
Leaks from FBI and CIA authorities uncover that both organizations trust Russian interfering in the decision were pointed, to some extent, at boosting Trump’s odds of winning the race. Clapper said on Thursday that the expected knowledge report recognized various thought processes in the cyber-attack.
“There were attempts to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had strong hacking defenses, and the hackers were unsuccessful,” Trump noted, in a clear push to push back against Moscow interceded on his behalf.
Mysterious organization authorities told The New York Times and The Washington Post a year ago that Russia hacked the RNC, and also the DNC, however just chose not to discharge any reports from the Republicans’ emails.
House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said in September that the RNC was hacked, yet later asserted he had misspoken. The RNC denies that it was compromised.
Trump said he would designate a group of individuals to concoct an arrangement to battle cyber-attacks, yet that the points of interest of any such plans would be closely watched.
“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,” he said.