Trump thanks intel community for report he disagrees with

Sean Gallagher
In a statement issued less than a half hour after being briefed by the heads of US intelligence agencies, President-elect Donald Trump thanked them for their work. “I had a constructive meeting and conversation with the leaders of the Intelligence Community this afternoon,” he said in the published statement. “I have tremendous respect for the work and service done by the men and women of this community to our great nation.”
But in his next breath, Trump in essence dismissed the substance of their findings. “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,” Trump said, “there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines.” Trump added that there “were attempts to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had strong hacking defenses and the hackers were unsuccessful.”
In a congressional hearing yesterday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that there was no evidence that election results were tampered with through tapping. But he had also said there was no way to measure what sort of impact information operations alleged to have been carried out at the direction of the Russian government had on how US citizens voted. Clapper described a “multifaceted” campaign that included the use of state-owned media, as well as “disinformation and fake news.”
Trump repeated his commitment to taking a broad look at cyber-security when he took office. “Whether it is our government, organizations, associations or businesses,” he said, “we need to aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks. I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office.” But that plan will remain secret, 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.”
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