Trump on Russia sanctions: ‘We ought to get on with our lives’

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President-elect Donald Trump dismissed talk of sanctioning Russia as some lawmakers and President Obama push for the U.S. to act in light of Russian interference in the election.

“I think we ought to get on with our lives,” Trump told reporters Wednesday night outside of his Florida resort, also casting doubt on the government’s assessment that Russia hacked U.S. political organizations.

“I think the computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on,” he said. “We have speed, we have a lot of other things, but I’m not sure we have the kind of security that we need.”

{mosads}A host of lawmakers — both Democrats and Republicans — have urged the U.S. to issue sanctions against Russia for its interference in the U.S. election, which U.S. intelligence agencies say was intended to sway the election in Trump’s favor.

Trump said he hasn’t spoken with lawmakers, such as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who have called for a crackdown on Russia. 

“I don’t know what he’s doing. I haven’t spoken to Sen. Graham,” Trump said. “As you know, he ran against me.”

The U.S. is expected to announce its actions against Russia on Thursday.

Since the CIA’s findings, which were later reportedly corroborated by the FBI, surfaced earlier this month, Trump has dismissed them as inaccurate. Russia has denied the claims.

Russia is believed to have targeted the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta with hacking and leaked thousands of emails to WikiLeaks. 

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