In the wake of Russian hacks that have culminated in Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, President Obama said that there will be a price Russia will pay for meddling in the internal affairs of the United States. In an interview with NPR, here’s some of what the president had to say:
“I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections … we need to take action. And we will — at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be.”
The CIA recently concluded that Russia was behind the hacks on Democratic party institutions designed to help Trump in his presidential bid against Hillary Clinton. Trump has rejected the CIA’s conclusion, calling it politically motivated and going so far as to attack the CIA, alarming both Democrats and Republicans.
Asked what he thought the motivation of the hack was, Obama said:
“There are still a whole range of assessments taking place among the agencies. And so when I receive a final report, you know, we’ll be able to, I think, give us a comprehensive and best guess as to those motivations. But that does not in any way, I think, detract from the basic point that everyone during the election perceived accurately — that in fact what the Russian hack had done was create more problems for the Clinton campaign than it had for the Trump campaign. There’s no doubt that it contributed to an atmosphere in which the only focus for weeks at a time, months at a time were Hillary’s emails, the Clinton Foundation, political gossip surrounding the DNC.”
Although leaving office soon, the president will make sure that culprits behind the hack will pay a price, and that includes Trump. Here’s the rest of the important interview:
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