Trump denies that Russia had anything to do with the presidential election.Welcome to another edition of Trump Tweets! The former business tycoon-turned-president-elect perpetuated his denial, about the Russian government rigging the election and hacking DNC emails, by firing off a few tweets about it on Monday. Did he really forget that he pretty much asked a foreign adversary to find Clinton's 33,000 missing emails back in July?
In Trump's latest round of tweets, he wonders why there were no warnings about the Russians knack for the hack before the election.
Trump even created his own conspiracy theory.
During the presidential debates, Trump vehemently denied that any hacks threatening his Democratic opponent were possible, much less, ones coming from Russia. In an NBC interview on September 26, Trump told anchor Lester Holt in his usual eloquent fashion:
I don't think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. She's saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don't -- maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?
Yet, before the first debate, both candidates were privately briefed by U.S. Intelligence officers about Russian hackers. A senior U.S. Intelligence official told NBC news:
To profess not to know at this point is willful misrepresentation. The intelligence community has walked a very thin line in not taking sides, but both candidates have all the information they need to be crystal clear.So about that tweet from Monday, the caveat given before the election about Russian hackers may have slipped Trump's mind. Just like how he conveniently forgot about implying that Russia should look for Hillary Clinton's missing emails.
At a July 27 news conference In Doral, Florida, Trump said:
If they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 emails. I hope they do. They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted. Because you’d see some beauties there. So let’s see.And then he addressed Russia:
Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by the press.Those words definitely did not fall on deaf ears. In case the president-elect needs a memory refresher, here's an archived clip.
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