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President-elect Donald Trump met with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Friday as he continues to push back against allegations that he was helped by Russian meddling in the recent election. 

Transition team spokesman Jason Miller announced the Friday morning meeting on the daily transition call with reporters, but did not give any additional information. 
 
Johnson arrived at Trump Tower in New York City shortly before 10 a.m., according to a press report. He stayed for about 45 minutes and left without speaking to reporters. 
 
The meeting comes amid a flashpoint between the Obama administration and the president-elect over the nature of hacking that roiled the presidential race. 
 
The consensus assessment from the intelligence community is that Russia is responsible for the hacks into the Democratic National Committee’s records, but media reports say that there is disagreement between the CIA and FBI over whether the hack was done to specifically boost Trump’s bid. 
 
{mosads}Trump continues to dispute the connection to Russia, and his team has chided the reporting as attempts to delegitimize his victory. 
 
“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” his team said in a statement last week on the reports that claim Russia may have intervened to help Trump. 
 
“The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on,” the statement added, although Trump’s projected Electoral College vote total, 306, is as a percentage of total electoral votes in the bottom half in the history of presidential elections.
 
Trump’s team has also publicly sparred with the Obama administration after press secretary Josh Earnest noted that Trump had encouraged Russia to release Hillary Clinton’s emails if they had them during the election. During a press conference on July 27, during the Democratic National Convention, Trump specifically called out to Russia and said, “I hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” referring to emails Clinton had deleted from the private server she used while secretary of State. 
 
“It is just a fact that the Republican nominee for president was encouraging Russia to hack his opponent because he believed it would help his campaign,” Earnest said Thursday.  
 
Hours before, top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway said that it was “incredibly disappointing” for Earnest to be claiming that Trump had any knowledge of the hack. 
 
Trump will also meet today with retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, his pick for national security adviser, for an intelligence briefing. Trump also plans to meet with renowned singer Andrea Bocelli, who plans to sing at Trump’s inauguration, as well as inauguration adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and businessman Vincent Viola.
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