Trump Says He Now Believes Russia Was Behind Election Hacking

12 January, 2017

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump now says he believes Russia was involved in cyberattacks during the presidential election.

It was the first time Trump has admitted Russian involvement in hacking computers of the Democratic National Committee. In the past, he refused to publicly accept U.S. intelligence community findings that Russia was involved in election hacking.

Trump's comments came Wednesday during his first press conference since the election.

"As far as hacking, I think it was Russia," Trump said. Top U.S. intelligence officials have said they believe Russian President Vladimir Putin knew about and approved the cyberattacks.

Trump was asked in the press conference if he had any message for the Russian leader in response to the hacking.

"He shouldn't be doing it. He won't be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I'm leading it, than when other people have led it. You will see that."

President-elect Donald Trump takes questions during a news conference, Jan. 11, 2017, in New York. The news conference was his first as President-elect.
President-elect Donald Trump takes questions during a news conference, Jan. 11, 2017, in New York. The news conference was his first as President-elect.

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