President-elect Trump said in a statement
today, after being briefed by President Obama’s top intelligence advisors, that the supposed hack by Russia had no effect whatsoever on the outcome of the presidential election. "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 including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines," Trump said in a statement.
Democrats and the Obama administration, as well as some Republicans, have concurred with the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia sought to turn the election in Trump’s favor.
"There were attempts to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had strong hacking defenses and the hackers were unsuccessful," he declared. Trump did not mention whether Russia had hacked into Democratic emails, or whether Russia had any connection to the release of the emails by the WikiLeaks organization.
The meeting with the intelligence officials was "constructive," said Trump who added that he has "tremendous respect" for the work carried out by the various intelligence agencies, which include the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Trump said he will work towards eliminating future cyberattacks after he becomes president. "I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office," he said. "The methods, tools and tactics we use to keep America safe should not be a public discussion that will benefit those who seek to do us harm. Two weeks from today I will take the oath of office and America's safety and security will be my number one priority."
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.