President-elect Donald Trump sat down for an interview with Fox News’s Chris Wallace on Sunday where he addressed the blockbuster news coming out of the CIA. Addressing reports that the intelligence agency had concluded that Russia meddled in the election to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, Trump was dismissive.
“It’s just another excuse. I don’t believe it,” Trump said. “Every week it’s another excuse. We had a massive landslide victory, as you know, in the Electoral College. Nobody really knows, and hacking is very interesting. Once they hack, if you don’t catch them in the act you’re not going to catch them. They have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody. It could be somebody sitting in a bed some place.”
A 400-pounder, perhaps.
The original report, published in the Washington Post on Friday, said that the CIA had appraised Congress of their secret assessment that Russian state actors interfered in the American election on behalf of Trump. The report did not tie Trump or his team to Moscow, but it was the most direct accusation yet from the U.S. intelligence community.
Trump said on Fox News Sunday that there was “great confusion” inside the intelligence community. This was bolstered by later reports that said the FBI did not agree with the CIA’s assessment of Russian interference. The Bureau acknowledges that Russia meddled in the election, but they say it’s not currently possible to say what their motives were. Top FBI officials believe Putin may have just wanted to cast the election into chaos and undermine American faith in the political process.
Trump believes that much of the story is coming from the left.
“Democrats are putting it out because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics in this country,” he said.
If that’s not the case, they’re doing everything they can to make it appear that way. Every single day, the left has found a new Trump “controversy” to sink their teeth into, and every time, it turns out to be nothing. So if they ever do get around to nailing something explosive to this guy, don’t be surprised when most of his supporters roll their eyes. Sure, sure. Tell us more.
We’ll see if this Russia stuff turns out to be something more serious, but right now…color us skeptical.