Reminder: Donald Trump asked Russia to launch a cyberattack on the U.S.
Rather than cop to the fact that the CIA found evidence of a Russian cyberattack meant to influence to outcome of November’s presidential election and work with the agency to prevent a similar incident from happening again, Donald Trump has been openly antagonistic to the intelligence community. On the morning of Monday, December 12, the president-elect lashed out at the CIA on his Twitter feed.
Unless you catch “hackers” in the act, it is very hard to determine who was doing the hacking. Why wasn’t this brought up before election?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2016
“It’s concerning that intelligence on Russian actions related to the U.S. election is being dismissed out of hand as false or politically partisan,” a U.S. intelligence official told Reuters. “The inclination to ignore such intelligence and impugn the integrity of U.S. intelligence officials is contrary to all that is sacred to national security professionals who work day and night to protect this country.”
The fact that Trump has been so resistant to an investigation into the Kremlin’s role in hacking the DNC is especially concerning given how the 70-year-old asked Russia to launch a cyberattack on Hillary Clinton during a press conference in July.
“Russia, if you’re listening,” Trump said during the Florida presser. “I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
This statement was made after evidence surfaced that Russia was behind the DNC information leak.
“I don’t know anything about him,” said Trump, “other than he will respect me.”
Given how Trump is most likely appointing Rex Tillerson, an oil executive with a cozy relationship with Putin to Secretary of State (UPDATE, February 1: Tillerson confirmed), it sounds like Putin will do more than respect Trump. It sounds like the beginning of a true romance.