Priebus: Trump Accepts ‘Parts’ of Politicized CIA Report On “Russian Hacks”
Trump Changes Tune On U.S. Intel
In a surprising development it appears as though Donald Trump has accepted parts of U.S. Intel regarding the alleged Russian Hacks into the DNC.
President-elect Donald Trump accepts the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber attacks during the U.S. presidential election and may take action in response, his incoming chief of staff said on Sunday.
Reince Priebus said Trump believed Russia was behind the intrusions into the Democratic Party organizations, although Priebus did not clarify whether the president-elect agreed that the hacks were directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“He accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russia, so that’s not the issue,” Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday.”…
…With less than two weeks until his Jan. 20 inauguration, Trump has come under increasing pressure from fellow Republicans to accept intelligence community findings on Russian hacking and other attempts by Moscow to influence the Nov. 8 election. A crucial test of Republican support for Trump comes this week with the first confirmation hearings for his Cabinet picks.
It is unclear whether or not Trump actually accepts these claims by U.S. Intel at this point or if he is simply trying to appease growing pressures from the Republican Party since he is going to need to work with them in order to get his cabinet picks confirmed.
If Trump were to continue denying U.S. Intel on the “Russian Hacks” it could cause issues with getting his cabinet picks confirmed and give opposition ammunition to use against him as he starts his Presidency. At the same time changing his stance on the Russian hacks could be perceived a couple of different ways.
The most likely scenario is that the mainstream media will seek to make him look incompetent and like a complete fool for ever stating that he didn’t agree with U.S. Intelligence over the alleged “Russian Hacks”.
Wikileaks will hold a press conference on Tuesday in response to the CIA attacks.