President-elect Donald Trump dismissed reports that the CIA has concluded Russia interfered in the U.S. election, arguing that Democrats had conjured the story to account for their “massive” election loss.
During a Fox News interview that aired on Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Trump about the CIA conclusion that Russia coordinated attacks on the American election with the goal of helping Trump win.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” Trump insisted. “I don’t believe it. I don’t know why and I think it’s just — you know, they talked about all sorts of things. Every week it’s another excuse. We had a massive landslide victory as you know in the electoral college.”
“Nobody really knows,” the future president said of Russia’s involvement. “Hacking is very interesting. Once they hack, if you don’t catch them in the act, you’re not going to catch them. They have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody. It could be somebody sitting in a bed someplace.”
According to Trump, the Democrats had invented the story “because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics in this country. And frankly, I think they’re putting it out. It’s ridiculous.”
“I don’t want anyone hacking us,” the president-elect opined. “And I’m not only talking about countries, I’m talking about anyone period. But if you’re going to do that, I think you should not just say Russia, you should say other countries also. And maybe other individuals.”
“We had — many people are saying — one of the great victories of all time,” Trump said.
Watch the video below from Fox News, broadcast Dec. 11, 2016.
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