Politics Trump Falsely Says U.S. Claim of Russian Hacking Came After Election

22:45  15 december  2016
22:45  15 december  2016 Source:   nytimes.com

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WASHINGTON President- elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday falsely stated that the United States government had waited until after the election to complain that Russia had hacked into American www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ trump - falsely - says -us- claim - of - russian - hacking - came - after

President-elect Donald J. Trump at a “thank you” rally in West Allis, Wis., on Tuesday. © Todd Heisler/The New York Times President-elect Donald J. Trump at a “thank you” rally in West Allis, Wis., on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday falsely stated that the United States government had waited until after the election “to complain” that Russia had hacked into American political organizations to interfere in the presidential race. But in doing so, he raised substantive questions about the Obama administration’s slow response to a cyberattack that proved successful.

In another of his provocative, early-morning posts on Twitter, Mr. Trump cast doubt on the government’s conclusion that Russia had carried out the hacking with the approval of the highest levels of the Kremlin, suggesting instead that the finding was a case of postelection sour grapes by President Obama.

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Trump keeps falsely claiming allegations of Russian hacking came only after he won election . This isn't the first time Trump has accused the White House of waiting until after the election to accuse Russia of hacking the US.

“Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?” Mr. Trump asked, ignoring the fact that the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., formally blamed Russia on Oct. 7 — a full month before Election Day — for the cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee and other organizations. In September, meeting privately in China with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, Mr. Obama not only complained, the White House says, but warned him of consequences if the Russian activity did not halt.

“If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act?” Mr. Trump wrote.

The Twitter post was the latest move by the president-elect to accuse the intelligence agencies he will soon control of acting with a political agenda, and to dispute a well-documented conclusion that Moscow carried out a meticulously planned series of attacks and information releases devised to interfere in the 2016 presidential race. In the message, Mr. Trump again sought to dismiss the evidence of Russia’s misdeeds as the unfounded complaints of sore losers casting about for reasons to reject the results of the election.

McMullin: GOP knew about, ignored Russian meddling in election

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In his Twitter posting on Thursday, Mr. Trump suggested that the government’ s conclusions on Russian hacking were a case of sour grapes by Mr. Obama. The president- elect falsely stated that Mr. Obama had waited until after the election to raise the issue.

“ Trump Falsely Says U . S . Claim of Russian Hacking Came After Election .” It remains hard to fathom in most mainstream outlets even now. It’s an intriguing challenge to editors everywhere, prompted by the president- elect ’s year-long tussle with the truth.

But Mr. Trump also seized upon questions that have roiled the White House and the highest echelons of the Obama administration: Why did it take months after Russia’s breaches had been discovered for Mr. Obama to publicly name Moscow as the culprit? And why did Mr. Obama opt not to openly retaliate, through sanctions or other measures?

White House officials say the warning to Mr. Putin at a September summit meeting in Hangzhou, China, constituted the primary American response. But when the administration decided to go public a month later with its conclusion that Russia was responsible, it did so in a written statement from the director of national intelligence and the secretary of homeland security, not in a prominent presidential appearance. And there was no promise of economic sanctions against the individuals or organizations responsible.

Officials said they worried that any more public response to the hacking would raise doubts about the integrity of the election, something that Mr. Trump was already seeking to do in campaign appearances in which he insisted that the election was “rigged.”

Trump keeps falsely claiming allegations of Russian hacking only came after he won election

  Trump keeps falsely claiming allegations of Russian hacking only came after he won election Trump again falsely accused the Obama administration of waiting until after Clinton lost the election to "complain" about Russian hacking. A recent CIA assessment, according to reports, concluded that Russia interfered in the election to help Trump's presidential bid.

In his posting on Thursday, Mr. Trump suggested that the government’ s conclusions on Russian hacking were a case of sour grapes by President Obama. The president- elect falsely stated that Mr. Obama had waited until after the election to raise the issue.

President- elect Donald Trump again falsely accused the Obama administration of waiting until after Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton lost the election to "complain" about Russian hacking .

Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, on Thursday harshly criticized Mr. Trump for casting doubt on the veracity of the Russian attacks, saying it was at odds with his own call during the campaign for Moscow to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails, a remark his team has since dismissed as a joke.

“I don’t think anybody at the White House thinks it’s funny that an adversary of the United States engaged in malicious cyberactivity to destabilize our democracy — that’s not a joke,” Mr. Earnest said. “It might be time to not attack the intelligence community, but actually be supportive of a thorough, transparent, rigorous, nonpolitical investigation into what exactly happened.”

Asked to respond to Mr. Trump’s Twitter post, Mr. Earnest pointed to the Oct. 7 statement that blamed Russia for the hacks and said they were an attempt to undermine American democracy. “It was obvious to everyone who was paying attention, including the gentleman whose thumbs authored that tweet, that the impact of that malicious activity benefited the Trump campaign and hurt the Clinton campaign.”

Fox News Poll: Majority says Russian hacking made no difference in 2016 election

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President- elect Donald Trump has again falsely accused the Obama administration of waiting until after Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton lost the election to “complain” about Russian hacking .

But in recent days, Trump has taken to Twitter and used false claims to push the notion that intelligence about Russian hacking has only become a talking point after the election for liberals who want to discredit his expected victory in the Electoral College.

Mr. Trump’s comments on Thursday seemed to underscore the degree to which Russia’s efforts to influence the election and his own bid to raise doubts about the integrity of the balloting dovetailed, essentially guaranteeing that there would be questions about the voting result. Mr. Obama faced a choice to respond forcefully and risk seeming to interfere in the contest himself, or allow the meddling to continue.

In a conference call with reporters later Thursday morning, aides declined to explain Mr. Trump’s position on whether Russia had been responsible for the breach or describe what he would do about the issue as president. Jason Miller, a spokesman, said he would let Mr. Trump’s “tweets speak for themselves,” and added that those raising questions about the hacking were refusing to come to terms with his victory.

“At a certain point you’ve got to realize that the election from last month is going to stand,” Mr. Miller said.

The response stands in stark contrast to that of many Republicans and Democrats who have said that regardless of how they feel about the election, Russia’s role in hacking to influence it must be investigated thoroughly.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said on Thursday that Mr. Trump’s chosen secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, must acknowledge Russia’s attempts to interfere in the election in order to earn his confirmation vote.

“If he doesn’t believe that,” Mr. Graham told CNN, “I would have a hard time voting for him.”

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Trump asks: Didn't 'same cyberattack' reveal 'illegal' Clinton-DNC coordination? .
President-elect Donald Trump suggested early Friday morning that information the public needed was revealed through Russian hacking related to last month's election.Shortly after 6 a.m., Trump asked on Twitter if "the same cyberattack" U.S. intelligence agencies believe struck the Democratic National Committee and other groups was the one that revealed the DNC had been handicapping the presidential primary in favor of eventual nominee Hillary Clinton.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.

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