Finally, Trump sort of acknowledges that it was possible that the Russians hacked the DNC…but it could also have been “China, other countries, outside groups,” Trump said in a statement following a brief by top US intelligence officials. So, not really an acknowledgement. Of course, he was quick to assert that “…there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election…” That I’m inclined to believe. Why? We already knew Trump was a shit human being. We’ve known that for a long time, yet we still fucking elected him. Sad! Trump was also quick to point out that he has “tremendous respect” for our intelligence community. Doesn’t quite ring sincere to me, though.
There does seem to be some debate about whether it was actually the Russian government that carried out the hacks, as some have pointed out that the report given to the public is inconclusive (see here and here). I understand the need for the US intelligence community to protect sources and methods, but maybe a little more transparency on this issue is called for to really settle the issue in the public eye. I think it is entirely plausible, however, that the hacks were the doing of the Russian state, either directly or indirectly. Seems about time that Trump acknowledges that computer security is, you know, kinda important.
Of course, Trump can’t be distracted from truly important matters, like taking the time to disparage the performance of Arnold Schwarzenegger on the new season of The Celebrity Apprentice, of which Trump is still listed as executive producer. He tweets:
Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got “swamped” (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for…
being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary.
Here’s a screenshot:
Classy. It’s nice to know that the PEOTUS has his priorities straight.