Two years before the saga of Russian intervention in the 2016 U.S. Election and the alleged connections between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the president-elect once thought Russian hacking was actually a problem, CNN reports.
While Trump continues to neglect Russia’s involvement in his 2016 election victory, in 2014, his tune was much different. During an interview with Fox News at the time, Trump claimed that he was aware of the threat of Russian and Chinese hacking and thought of them as a “big problem.”
However, since the election on Nov. 8 and even during the primaries, Trump has repeatedly questioned Russia’s involvement in his victory, telling Fox News Sunday earlier this month, “It’s just another excuse. I don’t believe it.”
Trump commented on the Russian hacking allegations in a series of tweets, as well. “If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?” he wrote on Dec. 15.
He wrote on Dec. 12, “Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!”
However, in 2014, speaking on Chinese hacking and FBI director James Comey’s comments on the matter, Trump said, “I’ve been talking about China for a long time. You know, they put on the front like, we’re your friend and everything, and in the meantime the cash comes out of your back pocket.”
“It’s disgraceful what’s going on with China generally,” he continued. “No, I think he’s 100% right, it’s a big problem, and we have that problem also with Russia. You saw that over the weekend. Russia’s doing the same thing.”
“The problem with the Internet and frankly computerization is that there’s always some genius that can figure it out,” said Trump. “I mean let’s face it. You know, the old ways, when Gen. MacArthur would hand a valise or an envelope with somebody with a written word and that was the attack.”
“This is a different world today. You say things on the Internet, you say things over a computer and people are going to find out what you’re saying it’s very dangerous and very bad in many ways.”
Hear his full remarks on the matter below.