Trump: I ‘know things that other people don’t know’ about hacking
President-elect Donald Trump declared Saturday that he knows “things that other people don’t know” about Russian hacking allegations, suggesting FBI and CIA reports leave room for doubt over Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election.
“I just want them to be sure, because it’s a pretty serious charge, and I want them to be sure,” Trump told pool reporters Saturday in Florida, where he is ringing in the new year.
“If you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong. And so I want them to be sure,” he continued.
“I think it’s unfair if they don’t know. And I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else.”
“I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation,” Trump responded when asked why he doubts intelligence reports of Russian hacking, according to a pool reporter.
When asked what Trump knows that other people don’t know, Trump responded, “You’ll find out on Tuesday or Wednesday.”
Sorry, there was more. Trump on Russia: “I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.” pic.twitter.com/lpU91GrsfI
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) January 1, 2017
Trump was asked about cybersecurity Saturday after the Obama administration this week announced sanctions on Russia over the hacking of Democratic groups leading up to Trump’s electoral win.
The White House issued sanctions against Russia, expelling 35 Russian officials and barring Russian officials from two sites believed to be used for Russian intelligence purposes.