President Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday that Russia is behind leaks of classified information from his administration’s National Security Council that could jeopardize the election, and that he believes the leak originated in Russia.
VhDy6g2VvN Trump said that Russia’s use of hacking to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election was a “massive, massive problem” and that the leaking of information about the cyberattacks is “the single greatest political scandal of the last 20 years.””
This is about our country. “
I think it’s somebody sitting on their bed doing it.”
“This is about our country.
It’s about our democracy.
And we need to get the Russians out of our country, and I think we can do it,” Trump added.”
We can’t have them in our country anymore,” Trump told Fox News’ “The Kelly File.”
The president made his comments after meeting with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on Tuesday.
The two spoke about the “incident of the century,” the leaked National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn, who resigned from his position following reports that he misled Vice President Pence about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, in which he said he had not discussed sanctions with the Russian leader during the transition period.
The president also criticized Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, whom he said “is the worst candidate for president in our history,” for being a “dummy.”
“Hillary Clinton is a dummy,” Trump tweeted.
“It’s time to make America great again.”
The administration said Tuesday that Trump is “aware” of the Russian cyberattacks and “talks regularly” with Pence about the matter.
“I am aware of the reports that are being made, and this is something that we are taking seriously,” Pence said in a statement to reporters.
“We will continue to work with our allies to find a solution to the crisis.
I appreciate President Trump’s concern for the national security of the United States.””
It is imperative that we remain vigilant, and we will work to improve our capabilities in this area,” he added.
“The Russians have been working on a cyber attack for some time, and President Trump understands that.”
“We’re going to continue to be vigilant.
We will not be intimidated,” he said.