Reince Priebus, incoming White House chief of staff, has said President-elect Donald Trump has acknowledged the U.S. intelligence community’s findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election through cyber hacking operations, Reuters reported Monday.
Toni Clarke and Dustin Volz write Priebus said on the program “Fox News Sunday” Trump planned to ask IC to offer recommendations on possible actions that might be taken in response to Russia’s leak of hacked emails from the Democratic Party in order to influence the U.S. election.
A U.S. intelligence report that President Barack Obama commissioned in December found that Russian President Vladimir Putin administered the cyber attack campaign in order to help Trump get elected as U.S. president.
The report also concluded that Russia’s cyber interference did not affect vote tallies, Volz and Clarke noted.
“Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat(ic) National Committee,” Trump said in a statement.
Heads of U.S. intelligence agencies on Friday briefed Trump on Russia’s role in the presidential elections, the report added.