Incoming Press Secretary Sean Spicer is playing down new information that Donald Trump is set to bring to the table over Russia allegedly hacking the servers of the Democratic Party.
Talking to CNN, Mr Spicer said, “It’s not a question of necessarily revealing. He’s going to talk about his conclusions and where he thinks things stand. He’s not going to reveal anything that was privileged or was shared with him classified. I think he can share with people his conclusions of the report and his understanding of the situation and make sure people understand there’s a lot of questions out there.”
On New Year’s Eve Donald Trump told reporters that he knew more than what was in the public domain, and that “you’ll find out Tuesday or Wednesday.”
By all accounts, he is doubtful over the allegations that Russia were responsible for the Democratic Party email hacking and their subsequent release to Wikileaks. The incident has led to President Barack Obama expelling Russian diplomats and publishing a report on the hacking incident accusing the Russians of the hack.
In an interview with ABC, Mr Spicer suggested that the actions of the Obama administration were disproportionate, saying, “One of the questions that we have is why the magnitude of this? I mean you look at 35 people being expelled, two sites being closed down, the question is, is that response in proportion to the actions taken? Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t, but you have to think about that.”
He added it would be unfair to take action unless you were 100% certain that they had been behind the hacking. This was echoed by Donald Trump, who said, “I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.”
Donald Trump has frequently expressed doubts about the security of any computer.