Asked late Saturday about Russian hacking allegations and his cybersecurity plans, Trump told reporters that "no computer is safe" and that, for intelligence officials, "hacking is a very hard thing to prove". But the incoming Republican president has already declared it was time for the country to put the hacking controversy behind it and "move on to bigger and better things".
Spicer also said the Obama administration may have gone too far in sanctions on Russian Federation.
He argued that Obama took no known action two years ago when China took the million-plus records that included sensitive data on federal employees including him. After ringing in the new year at his annual Florida bash the president-elect is back home in NY where he's expected to receive a briefing from intelligence officials on the Russian hacking. No action publicly was taken. "Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't".
"We think that more has to be done", Schiff said. It is unclear if, upon taking office on 20 January, he would seek to roll back Obama's actions, which mark a post-Cold War low in US-Russian ties. Spicer said. "Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't, but you have to think about that".
Days after his victory on November 8, Trump said in an interview on CBS's "60 Minutes" that he was rethinking his use of social media, which had been a potent weapon during more than a year on the campaign trail.
In addition, the Obama administration declared 35 Russian diplomats as "persona non grata".
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Under Thursday's actions, the U.S. also shut down two Russian compounds in NY and Maryland that the United States said were used "for intelligence-related purposes".
That decision prompted Mr Trump to praise Mr Putin for being "very smart". Trump continues to question the findings saying he knows things others don't. Russian President Vladimir Putin didn't expel American staff as a response-apparently in the hopes that Trump will restore relations between the two nations amid months of heightened tensions.
US President-elect Donald Trump answers questions from reporters accompanied by his wife Melania for a New Year's Eve party December 31, 2016 at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.
"We have speed. We have a lot of other things but I'm not sure you have the kind of security that you need", Trump commented this week. That was a reference to highly inaccurate intelligence cited by President George W. Bush in support of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
One thing's for sure, the Russian hacking story is a big mess that has thus far boiled down to either believing the Central Intelligence Agency (which lies) or believing Trump (who lies).