Finally, Trump concedes Russia hacked into U.S. election

Photo: cnn.com
Photo: cnn.com

After several weeks of denial over the involvement of Russia in the U.S. presidential election, incoming President Donald Trump has finally conceded that the Russians actually carried out the hacking.

Mr. Trump, who spoke at his first press conference since election on Wednesday, however denied that he had links with Russia over the hacking to sway the election in his favour.

When asked by a reporter as to what he would say to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the hacking, he responded: “He shouldn’t have done it. I don’t believe he will be doing it more.

“As far as hacking, I think it was Russia. But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people”, he said.

He promised to protect the U.S. cyber space when he assumes presidency on Jan. 20, berating the Democratic Party for doing a poor job in defending its systems.

“And we’re going to put those minds together, and we’re going to form a defense. And I have to say this also — the Democratic National Committee was totally open to be hacked.

“They did a very poor job. They could have had hacking defense, which we had. And I will give Reince Priebus credit because when Reince saw what was happening in the world and with this country, he went out and went to various firms and ordered a very, very strong hacking defense.

“And they tried to hack the Republican National Committee, and they were unable to break through. We have to do that for our country. It’s very important.”

The President-elect, however, dismissed reports that Russia had his dossiers, saying they would have released it if they had.

“Well, you know, President Putin and Russia put out a statement today that this fake news was indeed fake news. They said it totally never happened.

“Now somebody would say, “oh, of course he’s going to say that” — I respected the fact that he said that. And I will be honest, I think if he did have something they would have released it. They would’ve been glad to release it.”

He also, in a rare case, condemned Mr. Putin’s action, saying “hacking is bad” and that he should not be doing it.

“He shouldn’t be doing it. He won’t be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I’m leading than when other people have led it. You will see that.

“Russia will respect our country more. He shouldn’t have done it. I don’t believe that he will be doing it more now.”

Mr. Trump described Mr. Putin’s likeness for him over Democratic Hillary Clinton as an asset.

“Well, if Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability because we have a horrible relationship with Russia.

“Russia can help us fight ISIS, which by the way is number one tricky. I mean, if you look, this administration created ISIS by leaving at the wrong time. The void was created, ISIS was formed.

“If Putin likes Donald Trump, guess what folks? That’s called an asset not a liability. Now I don’t know that I am going to get along with Vladimir Putin,” he said.

Mr. Trump also said he would present a replacement for the Affordable Care Act “very soon,” insisting that it is a disaster.

“We’re going to have a healthcare that is far less expensive and far better. Okay.”

According to him, he would distance himself from his businesses.

On the possible conflict of interest with his business and the nomination of close family members, Mr. Trump argued that there was no subsisting law against his actions.

The conflict-of-interest law, however, does apply to his cabinet nominees, which is something that could become thorny — in particular given their wealth.

The Office of Government Ethics has been very aggressive in pointing that out, and some hearings have already been delayed, in part, because of incomplete filings.

The President-in-waiting also insisted that he was going to build the wall between U.S. and Mexico.

“On the fence, it’s not a fence. It’s the wall. You just misreported it. We’re going to build a wall.”

NAN reports that other issues Trump addressed ahead of his inauguration included tax cuts, cabinet members’ screening and immigration policy, among others.

(NAN)


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  • thusspokez

    As far as hacking, I think it was Russia.

    But wait till he denies saying this in his next tweets.

    Trump and #oldenshower “Sources says that on one visit to Russia, Mr Trump hired the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Moscow, where he knew President Obama and Michelle Obama had stayed on one of their officials trips. The source goes on to say that Mr Trump asked prostitutes to perform lewd sex acts on the bed where the Obamas had slept.

    “According to Source D … Trump’s perverted conduct included … defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him.”

  • princegab

    Self indicted, no substance in the defence put forward by President elect. Guilt as charged.

  • A Aminu

    I pity America and its people for descending so low in electing this clown as president. They will slowly regret. I respect Hilary, her husband and the entire Democratic Party for not defending low, and taking the issue of the election, the Russian hacking of their democratic headquarters to court. This way, the more than 200 year old democracy is preserved.

    • Churchill Roosevelt

      The man you called a clown was elected by Americans.Respect that and move on.Would you also pity those that elected Obama?

      • A Aminu

        I guess you are right. Don’t mind my blind democratic tendencies. Only white supremist will fault Obama. I am sure you followed the farewell speech in Chicago. Obama has done pride to the black race, as Martin luther King, and Rosa did to the advancement of the black race in American politics. As for Trump, let’s wait and see the kind of blunders he will do. I hope he finishes the first term of four years. I don’t see him getting a second term.

        • thusspokez

          I agree with your comment except your use of “black race”. There is no such a thing or race; there is the African race, rich in history, cultures, traditions, languages, arts, music, religions, philosophies etc.,

          Black is synonymous with ‘lack of identity’ as originally intended by the racist colonist enslavers. Their aim was to strip the African of any identity and simply give him the name ‘Negro’. It is sad to hear even very educated Africans continue to refer to themselves in this racist term — unknown to the origin of the word and the sinister meaning that underlines it.

  • Rommel

    Chai chai ‘O mighty America! does thou lie so low !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!? apologies to Shakespeare

  • Alpha

    Well, serve the US right. They once planted one Michael Gorbaschev in Russia to dismantle the behemoth then called USSR, could this be the return match? Time will tell, only one shivers at the final consequence for humanity!

  • mybros

    A country gets the leader(s) they deserve.
    Best of luck to the US, buckle up and enjoy the ride for the next 4 yrs at least!

    • Tunsj

      You read my mind. The racist is a Pathological Liar and a Psychopath. The poor low income non educated whites who voted for him are now having second thoughts about this clown because he is getting ready now to take away their health insurance. They thought that ACA is not Obamacare.