The president-elect just responded to the latest round of revelations about the threats to U.S. cybersecurity in the what is likely the most ridiculous manner that you can think of.
When asked about his latest thoughts on the subject while speaking to reporters late Saturday evening at his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort, he said that messages requiring top levels of security shouldn’t be sent via the internet at all. Rather, Trump said, these messages should be printed out and sent via courier like in the old days.
Yes, he really said that.
His full quote is featured below:
‘It’s very important, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old fashioned way because I’ll tell you what, no computer is safe. I don’t care what they say, no computer is safe. I have a boy who’s 10 years old, he can do anything with a computer. You want something to really go without detection, write it out and have it sent by courier.’
Trump responded with the above statement after being asked, quite simply, “How important is the issue of cybersecurity to your administration?”
And as POLITICO‘s Eric Geller summed up Trump’s response on Twitter: “!!!!”
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) January 1, 2017
CNBC’s Steve Kopack wrote, “Trump, asked about cyber security, says important things should be WRITTEN and delivered by COURIER. Also Barron Trump gets a shout-out (?)”
Trump, asked about cyber security, says important things should be WRITTEN and delivered by COURIER. Also Barron Trump gets a shout-out (?) pic.twitter.com/jmnTABAj9U
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) January 1, 2017
It’s highly questionable, based off of Trump’s Saturday evening comments, whether or not he has any idea at all what he’s doing as president-elect of the United States. He’s literally talking as though it’s somehow more secure as a rule for messages to be hand delivered instead of being delivered via a secure wireless connection.
Of course, he might literally be that behind the times, or he might be using this stupidity as a facade for his devious intentions in serving as president of the United States.
This exchange between Trump and reporters comes in the midst of a hotly brewing controversy over Russia’s alleged hacking of the U.S. Democratic Party in the months before the presidential election. Russia’s actions undercut Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign while bolstering Donald Trump’s, and multiple Congressional investigations are just getting started to probe Trump’s connection to Russia through the cyberattacks against the Democratic Party.
Featured Image via DON EMMERT/ AFP/ Getty Images.