The president-elect has just issued a statement on the occasion of the conclusion of his Friday intelligence briefing on the latest evidence to be uncovered in the Russian hacking scandal.
Trump claimed in his statement to maintain “tremendous respect” for the members of the intelligence community, beginning by stating:
‘I had a constructive meeting and conversation with the leaders of the Intelligence Community this afternoon. I have tremendous respect for the work and service done by the men and women of this community to our great nation.’
No, Trump, just no — you don’t have any kind of “tremendous respect” for the people of America’s intelligence community. Trump’s assertion to the contrary comes even though he has long disparaged members of of our nation’s intelligence community as supposedly lacking any sort of credibility.
For example, after a report from the CIA was released shortly following the election including evidence officially incriminating Russia in the long well known, months long pre-election day hacks of the DNC, Trump falsely slammed the CIA as the “same people who said that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.”
Besides, it’s not irrelevant whether or not Trump is on good terms with the nation’s intelligence community. As has long been discussed by experts, efforts to discredit the nation’s intelligence benefits the many enemies of the United States.
After all, these enemies of “our great nation” are able to operate more freely than normal if intelligence that incriminates them in illegal activities is simply passed off as irrelevant by the president and commander-in-chief of the United States.
So, besides Trump’s dubious opening remarks, did he change his longstanding and even more dubious assertion that the whole issue of the hacking is basically irrelevant?
‘While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democratic National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election…’
Trump goes on to back up his dismissive attitude towards the Russian hacking scandal by noting that Russia did not actually penetrate American voting machines.
The thing is, however, that the issue is much more complex than just that Russia didn’t penetrate the security system of American voting machines. Russia waged a full scale propaganda campaign in the United States for months ahead of Election Day, a propaganda campaign based off cyber attacks on American political interests.
Trump’s still ignoring that part of the scandal, however.
Trump’s full statement is featured below via Twitter.
Trump stmt on intel mtg mentions "Russia, China, other countries" and notes "there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election" pic.twitter.com/uYgC6gG17U
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) January 6, 2017
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