(From The Washington Examiner)
President Trump said Monday he has yet to see any compelling reason why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 election, contradicting his own intelligence chief who warned over the weekend that Moscow has become the “most aggressive” perpetrator of cybercrime globally.
Trump’s stunning admission came during a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who repeatedly denied any involvement in malicious cyberactivity that occurred both in the 2016 presidential election and previous elections. Senior U.S. intelligence officials and congressional investigators have issued multiple reports concluding that Russia’s fingerprints were all over attempts to manipulate social media in 2016 and the hacking of email accounts belonging to Democratic party officials.
When asked during a press conference with Putin about Russia’s alleged election meddling, Trump said his Russian counterpart “was extremely strong and powerful in his denial” of election meddling during their private meeting Monday. He added that he saw no reason why Moscow would seek to interfere in America’s electoral process, and suggested a hacked Microsoft Exchange server belonging to the Democratic National Committee would substantiate his own conclusion.