WASHINGTON– Contradicting his secretary of state and other leading authorities, President Donald Trump suggested without evidence that China– not Russia– may be behind the cyber espionage operation versus the United States and tried to reduce its effect.
In his very first comments on the breach, Trump scoffed at the focus on the Kremlin and downplayed the intrusions, which the nation’s cybersecurity agency has actually warned posed a “grave” risk to government and personal networks.
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There is no evidence to recommend that holds true. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Friday that Russia was “pretty clearly” behind the operation against the United States.
” This was a very considerable effort and I believe it holds true that now we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that participated in this activity,” Pompeo said in the interview with radio talk program host Mark Levin.
Authorities at the White House had actually been prepared to put out a statement Friday afternoon that implicated Russia of being “the primary star” in the hack, however were told at the last minute to stand down, according to one U.S. authorities familiar with the conversations who spoke on condition of anonymity to talk about private considerations.
It is unclear whether Pompeo got that message prior to his interview, however authorities are now scrambling to determine how to square the diverse accounts. The White House did not right away react to concerns about the declaration or the basis of Trump’s claims. The State Department also did not respond to concerns about Pompeo’s remarks.
Throughout his presidency, Trump has refused to blame Russia for well-documented hostilities, including its interference in the 2016 election to help him get chosen. He blamed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for Russia’s annexation of Crimea, has actually backed enabling Russia to return to the G-7 group of nations and has never taken the country to task for supposedly putting bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
” The president has a blind spot when it concerns Russia,” said Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah. He informed NBC’s “Fulfill the Press” on Sunday that Trump “doesn’t