Trump: It's Time to 'Move On' From Russian Hacking
But he has agreed to intelligence briefing
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2016 2:59 AM CST
President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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(Newser) – Donald Trump thinks it's time to "move on" from allegations that Russian hackers interfered with the election he won—but he has agreed to meet with intelligence officials to get the facts. "It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things," the president-elect said in a statement Thursday. "Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation." His statement came after the White House announced new sanctions against Russia in retaliation for the alleged cyberattacks, along with the expulsion of 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the US.

The New York Times reports that Trump made similar remarks Wednesday when reporters at his Mar-a-Lago estate asked him about the Russia issue. "I think we ought to get on with our lives," he said. "I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what is going on. We have speed, we have a lot of other things, but I'm not sure we have the kind, the security we need." Politico notes that Trump has long been skeptical about allegations of Russian interference, and it's not clear whether he plans to lift sanctions against Moscow as soon as he takes office. (A top-secret document may explain why US intelligence agencies appear certain that Russia was behind the election-related hacking.)

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