President-elect Donald Trump's latest tweet seems to confirm that he both believes that Russian intelligence hacked the United States — and praises it for unveiling the corruption of the Democratic party.
Trump has been all over the map on the Russian hacking.
First, he denied Russia was influencing the election to help him win.
If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton's 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
In the weeks after the election, he called the claim that Russia had hacked the U.S. "ridiculous."
Trump even falsely stated that the hack was only brought up after the fact to sabotage his successful presidential bid, even though he had talked about it himself during the election.
Now, Trump has tweeted that he apparently does admit that Russia hacked the U.S., but he sees that as a good thing.
Are we talking about the same cyberattack where it was revealed that head of the DNC illegally gave Hillary the questions to the debate?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2016
Trump referenced the fact that the hacking had revealed Donna Brazile's leaked debate questions to Hillary Clinton. Apparently, Trump believes another country violating our cybersecurity and privacy is acceptable, as long as his opponents are negatively impacted.
It is clear that Trump has been outright dishonest on the topic of Russia, especially now that we have evidence that he was briefed on the situation both before and after the election. Trump's contradictory messages show that he is just as willing to pull a fast one on the public as all the political insiders he criticized during his election campaign.
CIA and White House officials are now reporting that the cyberattack was intended to directly benefit Trump. The Electoral College is set to vote on the presidency on Dec. 19, and many are calling for the electors to be briefed on the cyberattack before they cast their votes. This latest tweet from Trump shows that he is calculating and untrustworthy, which is unlikely to help his standing with electors.
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