05 January, 2017
On New Year's Eve, President-elect Donald Trump told reporters at Mar-a-Lago that he knows things that others don't when it comes to information on whether Russian Federation was involved in hacking the election. He said he wants United States officials "to be sure because it's a pretty serious charge". When he was asked what it was that he knew that others don't, Trump urged patience: "You'll find out on Tuesday or Wednesday".
The expulsions were part of a package of sanctions ordered by President Barack Obama last Thursday in the final weeks of his administration.
Spicer said Trump will wait to hear what the intelligence community has to say: "Everyone in the media wants to jump forward and make a conclusion based off other sourced information, you know, anonymous sources that are coming out of the intelligence community". "If you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong", the president-elect added, referring to the faulty intelligence President George W. Bush used to buttress his decision to go to war in 2003.
"I know a lot about hacking", said Trump, per the New York Times.
On New Year's Eve, however, the president-elect hinted that he knew more about what's going on than anyone else.
Russian diplomats who were expelled by Obama left Washington on Sunday, Russian news agencies reported, citing Russia's embassy.
Mr Spicer said: "One of the questions that we have is why the magnitude of this?"
Putin had said earlier that the Kremlin would "not resort to irresponsible "kitchen" diplomacy" in response to the sanctions and the ejection of 35 Russian diplomats from the US. "Maybe it was; maybe it wasn't but you have to think about that".
Mr Spicer said that after China in 2015 seized records of U.S. government employees, "no action publicly was taken. Not one thing happened", he said.
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"There is a question about whether there's a political retribution here versus a diplomatic response", he told ABC on Sunday.
It remains to be seen if Trump does actually have the information that he says that he does or not.
Woolsey went on to say again he believes it is more likely that multiple countries are behind the attacks as opposed to just one, such as Russian Federation.
"The "Intelligence" briefing on so-called "Russian hacking" was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case". We don't think that frankly the steps that have been taken are enough of a deterrent.
Trump has repeatedly expressed skepticism at the conclusion of intelligence agencies that Russian Federation was behind the hacking and release of e-mails in an effort to damage his campaign opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton. "Julian Assange said "a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta" - why was DNC so careless?"
I, like US President Elect Donald Trump know that "no computer is safe" when it comes to keeping information private and secure within the current technology of Internet connectivity and data transfer.
It was unclear if the news conference would be the venue for his delayed announcement on how he plans to avoid potential conflicts of interest involving his businesses after taking office.
Cyber warfare is a conflict we can't afford to lose.
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