Donald Trump is an idiot.
Trump received a classified briefing about the impact of Russian hacking on the election, and he said it had “absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election.”
While Trump did say that “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,” he stopped short of saying that he believes Russia was the perpetrator of the DNC breach — or that it was an attempt to influence the outcome of the presidential election.
“There were attempts to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had strong hacking defenses and the hackers were unsuccessful,” Trump said in the statement.
From The Hill:
Trump’s reaction to the briefing has been hotly watched as a barometer for whether he will accept the overwhelming conclusion of the intelligence community that Moscow attempted to interfere in the 2016 election.
Trump has repeatedly rejected that assessment, treating any such reports as an attack on the legitimacy of his victory.
He called the furor over the hacks a “witch hunt” carried out by defeated Democrats in an interview with The New York Times on Friday morning.
The declassified version of the report will be released to the public sometime today.