Trump now accepts Russian hacking claim

Donald Trump appears to have u-turned on the allegations of Russian hacking, but this has come from senior aide Reince Priebus rather than directly from him. But Priebus is still trying to direct blame at the victims of the hacking.

Fox: Priebus says Democrats to blame for email hack, thinks Trump accepts intel findings

Reince Priebus, Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff, said Sunday that he thinks the president-elect “accepts the findings” of the recently released U.S. intelligence report that ties Russian President Vladimir Putin to meddling in the 2016 White House race.

“I think he accepts the finding,” Priebus said. “He’s not denying entities in Russia are behind these particular hackings.”

If that’s correct it’s a major change in stance.

Priebus’ comments marked a significant shift away from the repeated dismissals by Trump of Russian interference in the presidential election. The Republican president-elect has rebuffed claims that Russia was behind the hacks or was trying to help him win, saying the intrusions could have been carried out by China or a 400-pound hacker on his bed.

It was the first acknowledgment from a senior member of the president-elect’s team that Trump has accepted that Russia directed the hacking and subsequent disclosure of Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential election.

With less than two weeks to his inauguration, Trump has come under increasing pressure from fellow Republicans to accept intelligence community findings on Russian hacking and other attempts to influence the election.

A crucial test of Republican support for Trump comes this week with the first confirmation hearings of his Cabinet picks.

Perhaps Trump is being given reality checks from his advisers.

But Priebus also cast a lot of blame on Democrats for allowing sensitive emails to be hacked, which hurt the campaign of their presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Blaming the victims. The Democrats should have had more secure communications, but that doesn’t excuse Russian interference.

Nothing from Trump on Twitter on this so far.

 

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41 Comments

  1. Klik Bate

     /  9th January 2017

    My niece in the US retweets….. and brings a little perspective

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  2. Joe Bloggs

     /  9th January 2017

    Klik, the perspective is a little off there…

    Try this for a better perspective – the Cheezel’s denial of Russian involvement in the US election hacking scandal is consistent with his denial of global warming. Both denials signal a fundamental inability for the Cheezel to grasp reality. Instead he’s busy tweeting about The Apprentice ratings, and cozying up to high-tech terrorist and Russian dupe, Julian Assange.

    He absolutely nailed the calibre of the new administration earlier this morning:

    We certainly don’t want intelligence interfering with politics

    Says it all really – he’s a stubby-fingered pussy-grabbing vulgarian with a yuuuge narcissism complex, out to shamelessly promote himself, his brand, and his business interests at the expense of the free world.

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    • Gezza

       /  9th January 2017

      I haven’t checked out any pics of Xi’s & The Vladimir’s hands yet, but it is on my programme because that might become important.

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    • Klik Bate

       /  9th January 2017

      Set your clock….Joe XD

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      • NOEL

         /  9th January 2017

        I love how the media default to “Ex CIA analysists” Ahhh once you leave your vetting goes out the window which makes you wonder how they have any knowledge of what went down.

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        • NOEL

           /  9th January 2017

          Silly me he is obviously quoting the heavily redacted report we all got access to.

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  3. MaureenW

     /  9th January 2017

    There is more to this murky tale than is being pushed out by the Democrats and their operatives. The filth in US politics operates on both sides of the divide, although it would appear there is good dirt and filthy dirt, depending upon which side of the fence you are sitting.
    The email hacking and exposure of leaked documents demonstrates what a joke the US is, in terms of intelligence and security of classified and sensitive information, surrounding their former Secretary of State who left the country exposed by her own negligence.

    Good riddance to Clinton and the Democrats, they’re a bigger embarrassment than “the Cheezel” imo.

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article110904727.html

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  4. lucher1948

     /  9th January 2017

    Who do you trust more Trump,English or Putin, so many choices

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    • Gezza

       /  9th January 2017

      Not an easy choice Lurch. If I was living in war zone where both The Donald and The Vladimir had their luftwaffes and waffentruppen operating I’d trust Bill the most though.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  9th January 2017

        Putin has the coldest eyes imaginable-very creepy. He looks like a Nazi in that way.

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  5. Klik Bate

     /  9th January 2017

    In line with blog protocol: ‘SPOOF ALERT’

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    • Gezza

       /  9th January 2017

      Thanks for the alert. It looks very genuine.

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      • Klik Bate

         /  9th January 2017

        Yep, no probs Gezza, always happy to oblige.
        It proves PG is correct of course….there are just so many numbnuts like you around.

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        • Gezza

           /  9th January 2017

          Well at least I wasn’t silly enough to carry on Verna Keaton like some people’s relatives who obviously don’t even read the Bible by their bedside … just saying.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  9th January 2017

          The grammatical and punctuation errors are a giveaway that John Key didn’t write this. The content makes it obvious that it’s a spoof, of course, but if the person wanted to make one that could pass as a real one. they’d be advised to have it proof-read.

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          • Blazer

             /  9th January 2017

            What …Was the spelling and grammar so good it could not possibly have been Key who mangled the English language.

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            • Gezza

               /  9th January 2017

              Akshilly I think a lot of New Zillandiz might agree with you there, Blazer.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  10th January 2017

              Of course not, Blazer. I said that the errors made it obvious that John Key HADN’T written it.

              ‘The grammatical and punctuation errors are a giveaway that John Key didn’t write this.’

              The words ‘giveaway’ and ‘didn’t’ should indicate my meaning.

  6. Klik Bate

     /  9th January 2017

    My niece in the US has just sent this link……..NOT TO BE MISSED ❗

    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/circus_of_liars_trump_gop_are_at_odds_over_alleged_russian_hack_20170106

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  7. I have to say, I have not heard or read any statement by Trump that says the Russians hacked US computers to affect the election. The best I have seen is a Trump aide commenting that it appears that Trump may believe Russia may have been involved. An appearance is not evidence. and no I am not a Russian sycophant, having spent over 50 years opposing the USSR’s attempts to defeat our democracy. However, I need more evidence than the word of politically appointed heads of departments who are obviously defeated in their roles. No one loves a loser nor do they get much credit is my response.

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  8. So Kitty, you are not able to give peace with Russia a chance?

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  9. John Schmidt

     /  9th January 2017

    One of many U turns and there will be more. Reason ignorance.

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