In a brief and impromptu press conference Saturday night, President-Elect Donald Trump said he had intelligence that contradicts the narrative that the Russians interfered with the 2016 election.
President Obama and the U.S. intelligence agencies are convinced that Russian hacking played a part in the election – even going to far as to suggest that the hacking was designed to make Trump the winner. Obama has ordered a full intelligence review to be presented to him before he leaves office.
Trump’s short meeting with the press was held right before Trump headed into his New Year’s Eve Party. He told the press effectively “there’s nothing to see here.”
Trump to pool re Intel and Russia hacks: "I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation"
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 1, 2017
Trump reiterated how the intelligence community has been wrong before, such as the case of the weapons of mass destruction debacle in Iraq. Because of that past “disaster,” he said, he wants them to be “sure” about any Russian hacking before taking any further steps.
Trump said that no computer is safe and that if anyone really wants to send something important or secret, the should consider writing it out and sending it by courier.
“No computer is safe,” he said.
“It’s very important, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old fashioned way because I’ll tell you what, no computer is safe,” Trump responded when asked about the importance of cybersecurity, according to The Hill.
“I don’t care what they say, no computer is safe. I have a boy who’s 10 years old, he can do anything with a computer. You want something to really go without detection, write it out and have it sent by courier,” Trump reiterated.
Trump said he will reveal the intelligence he has on the hacks on Tuesday or Wednesday.