Donald Trump has recently received a lot pressure from people on both sides of the aisle to take news of Russian hacking, both in the election and into the system of a Vermont electric company, more seriously. As a result, the president-elect announced on Dec. 31 that, later this week, he would be revealing some information about hacking that no one else knows.
‘I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.’
Trump added that reporters would find out exactly what he knows about hacking “on Tuesday or Wednesday.”
This great new information is highly anticipated, especially since, on Saturday, Trump’s best advice for avoiding hacking was to avoid computers altogether because “no computer is safe.”
‘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.’
He then referenced his 10-year-old son, Barron, as evidence of this, telling reporters:
‘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.’
Donald Trump supposedly knows “a lot about hacking,” yet he was unable to provide any real evidence of that during his interview. Perhaps he needed to consult with his youngest son first.
Given Trump’s past with regards to hacking, it’s possible that his son is the one counseling him on all things hacking and computer related. When news first broke about the DNC being hacked, Trump refused to take the matter seriously. During the first presidential debate, when Hillary Clinton said that she was “deeply concerned” about Russia’s interference, Trump responded:
‘I don’t know if we know it was Russia who broke into the DNC. [Clinton is] saying Russia, Russia, Russia. Maybe it was. It could also be China, it could be someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds.’
Trump’s responses to hacking haven’t really improved since that first debate, either. While the President-elect has recently agreed to meet with intelligence leaders to discuss their findings, he also said that he wants people to “move on to bigger and better things.” He told reporters:
‘It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. 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.’
It’s not clear exactly what “bigger and better things” Trump wants us to move on to. It’s also not clear what brilliant revelation he will soon provide the country regarding hacking. However, if that information does in fact come from his 10-year-old son, we’ve got a frightening four years ahead of us.
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