Trump downplays Russian linked hacks; contradicts his own agencies

Earlier, Mike Pompeo stated that Russia was clearly behind the recent cyber attacks that breached dozens of federal agencies and companies, including the cybersecurity company FireEye.

On Saturday, the soon to be gone Idiot in Chief broke his silence on the matter and tweeted out:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1340333619299147781

Context: The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said the hack “poses a grave risk to the Federal Government and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments as well as critical infrastructure entities and other private sector organizations.”

Between the lines: The president’s tweets are a continuation of his broad defense of Russia.

On Thursday, President Elect Joe Biden “a suspected Russian cyberattack on multiple government agencies and U.S. companies ‘is a matter of great concern’ and promised to impose “substantial costs” to those responsible for the attack.”

What they’re saying: “I have instructed my team to learn as much as we can about this breach, and Vice President-elect Harris and I are grateful to the career public servants who have briefed our team on their findings and who are working around-the-clock to respond to this attack,” Biden said on Thursday.

  • “A good defense isn’t enough; we need to disrupt and deter our adversaries from undertaking significant cyberattacks in the first place.”
  • “We will do that by, among other things, imposing substantial costs on those responsible for such malicious attacks, including in coordination with our allies and partners. Our adversaries should know that, as president, I will not stand idly by in the face of cyber assaults on our nation.”
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