President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star defaced Report: Senate's Russia probe understaffed Trump won't comment on Le Pen's advancement in French election MORE's top aide, Kellyanne Conway, repeatedly clashed Friday with CNN's Chris Cuomo over Trump's refusal to accept the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia interfered with the presidential election with the intention of helping him win.
When pressed by Cuomo about the matter, Conway questioned the notion that the Russian government would prefer Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPoll: 85 percent of Clinton supporters would vote for her again OMB director: Government shutdown not a 'desired end' Poll: Almost half say Trump off to poor start MORE.
"What is it that we know? That Russia is trying to interfere in the election results? You really think that Russia wanted ... Donald Trump elected president, when he is going to be tougher than Hillary Clinton?" Conway said.
"Why won't the president-elect acknowledge what is so clear to the intelligence community, that Russia was involved in the hacks?" Cuomo asked, pushing back on Conway.
"We had a president of the United States, in October, who could have ... pushed back harder, but he did not. Because what was he doing? He and Hillary Clinton — and all of their teams — were out there, absolutely believing that she was going to be the next president," she said.
The president-elect on Tuesday mocked the intelligence community, insinuating that the intelligence briefing was rescheduled to Friday due to a lack of strong evidence connecting Russia to the hackings.
"The 'Intelligence' briefing on so-called 'Russian hacking' was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!" Trump tweeted.
A senior U.S. intelligence official later said that the meeting was "always" scheduled for Friday and that Trump was mistaken.
On CNN's "New Day," Conway denied that Trump was trying to disrespect U.S. intelligence agencies.
“There are those out there who are trying to delegitimize his presidency, review the election results,” she said.