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Donald Trump, Russia and the strangest relationship in politics

January 31, 2017

20170130175516585President-elect Donald J. Trump held his first press conference as the President of the United States on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, in Manhattan, New York. During the conference, he mentions for the first time that he thinks the hacking attacks during the election was Russia.

When one of the reporters asked a question about what is his opinion that Vladimir Putin ordered the hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the attempted hack of the Republican National Committee (RNC), Trump answered, “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia.”At first, he finally agreed that he believes the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s agencies were behind the hacking on DNC ahead of the election. However, he argued that the hacking would not happen again and added, “but I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people… when we lost 22 million names and everything else that was hacked recently, they didn’t make a big deal out of that… That was probably China.”He also added that Putin “shouldn’t be doing it. He won’t be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I’m leading than when other people have led it. You will see that. Russia will respect our country more. He shouldn’t have done it. I don’t believe that he will be doing it more now.”At the same time, he also criticized the security of the DNC by saying that, “the Democratic National Committee was totally open to be hacked. They did a very poor job. They could’ve had hacking defense, which we had.”He blamed the hacking that happened during the election as partially the democrats’ fault and mentioned how republicans were able to defend their system by having a stronger system. He also asked the people at the conference, “do you honestly believe that Hillary would be tougher on Putin than me?”He was showing confidence in how he can build a better relationship with Russia if he had to, but also mentioning that, “Now, I don’t know that I’m going to get along with Vladimir Putin. I hope I do. But there’s a good chance I won’t,” showing a vague idea about how the future relationship with Putin will be.

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