Thiessen writes in the post that during his interview he asked Trump if he had started a cyber attack. Thiessen said Trump replied: “Right.”
Trump said during the interview that President Barack Obama in 2016 “knew before the elections that Russia was playing around. Or was told. Whether it was or not, who knows? And he said nothing. And that is why he didn’t say anything was that he didn’t want to touch it because he thought (Hillary Clinton) was going to win because he was reading wrong polls, so he thought she was going to win. And we had the silent majority who said, “No. , we like Trump. ̵
Trump claimed that unlike his predecessor, he responded to US information about Russia’s interference in the election by launching the cyber attack.
“Look, we stopped it,” Trump said to Thiessen.
The Washington Post previously reported a cyber attack in October 2018. The operation against the company, financed by an oligarch close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, was carried out to prevent medium-term interference.
However, this is Trump’s first official confirmation.
Thiessen reports that senior US officials have also confirmed that the strike has taken place and has been effective, taking the Internet Research Agency offline.
In the interview, Trump said the cyber attack is part of a broader policy to confront Russia. “Nobody has hit Russia harder than I have,” the president told Thiessen, a claim he has made repeatedly in the past. His examples included the United States sending anti-tank killers to Ukraine.
“I would rather not say that, but you can believe that the whole thing happened and it happened during my tenure,” Trump said to Steve Hilton of Fox News when asked about a report that he was personally involved in a cyberattack had authorized on Russia during the interim period.
When asked why he didn’t talk about it, Trump said, “Because they don’t want me to talk, the Secret Service says,” Please don’t talk about the Secret Service. “Sometimes you know that secret services are good and sometimes you look at them (James) Comey and you look at (John) Brennan and (James) Clapper and I have to believe this intelligence? I never believe this intelligence.”
CNN’s Barbara Starr also reported in October 2018 that the U.S. Military’s Cyber Command has started targeting Russian activists who are believed to be trying to influence the 2018 mid-term elections as part of a broad poll in a poll with multiple government agencies, an official confirmed to CNN.