President-elect Donald Trump released a statement Friday afternoon after his meeting with intelligence officials to discuss Russia allegedly interfering with the 2016 Election.
“While 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 [sic] National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines,” he said in the statement. “There were attempts to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had strong hacking defenses and the hackers were unsuccessful.”
Trump says he had ‘constructive meeting’ with intelligence officials, emphasizes ‘absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election’
Trump said on twitter that he will create a team to provide himself with a plan to “aggressively combat and stop cyber-attacks” within 90 days of his inauguration later this month.
“Whether it is our government, organizations, associations or businesses we need to aggressively combat and stop cyber-attacks,” he wrote. “I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office. The methods, tools and tactics we use to keep America safe should not be a public discussion that will benefit those who seek to do us harm. Two weeks from today I will take the oath of office and America’s safety and security will be my number one priority.”