Ever since the United States accused Russia of hacking the Democratic National Committee and interfering with presidential election, Donald Trump has refrained from even acknowledging that Moscow could be behind the cyberattacks.
Instead the president-elect turned against American intelligence agencies, claiming the hacking scandal was just a ploy to discredit his presidential victory.
This week, however, Trump finally — sort of — admitted that Russia indeed hacked DNC.
"I think it was Russia," Trump said, while bizarrely adding Russian President Vladimir Putin "should not be doing it. He won't be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it than when other people have led it."
After cutting Putin some slack for carrying out an online attack against the U.S., Trump also subtly praised Russia for hacking DNC, suggesting it deserved to get hacked and that the information that came to light through the hacking may have justified the act.
“Hacking is bad and it shouldn’t be done,” said Trump (as if this was something people didn’t know already.)
“But look at the things that were hacked. Look at what was learned from that hacking. That Hillary Clinton got the questions to the debate and didn’t report it,” he added while awkwardly crediting Russia for waging cyberterrorism against the U.S. political system.
He continued: “That’s a horrible thing. That’s a horrible thing. Can you imagine if Donald Trump got the questions to the debate? It would have been the biggest story in the history of stories and they would have said immediately ‘you have to get out of the race.’ And nobody even talked about it. It’s a very terrible thing.”
So, as per Trump’s statement, Russia’s cyberterrorist attacks against the U.S. are not as terrible as his former presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, getting questions to the debate.
This is pretty dangerous coming from someone who will be sworn in as the president of the U.S. on Jan. 20.
Just something to think about.
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