President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff admitted that Russia was behind last year’s hacking and leaking of internal emails from top officials at the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, Reince Priebus acknowledged that Trump “accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russia,” but argued that the DNC should be criticized for not taking cyber security more seriously.
“I think he accepts the findings, Chris,” Priebus said of Trump. “But here’s the thing that everyone needs to understand. When this whole thing started, it started from the Russians 50 years ago. In other words, this is something that’s been going on in our elections for many, many years. The Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians — it happens, every election period.”
Trump and Priebus have evidently resolved their differences. Reince Priebus previously was reported to be “furious” with Trump. Priebus was previously livid with Trump over his remarks toward the parents of the soldier, a Muslim U.S. Army captain killed in the Iraq war. Priebus was also reported to have been livid over Trump’s refusal to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain.
Priebus was reported to “ feel like a fool,” as a result of ever trusting Trump.
Priebus feelt “burned” by Trump’s string of self-inflicted wounds and his refusal to observe basic decorum by giving Ryan his support. Now that Trump is President-elect, it seems that Priebus is willing to defend anything Trump says or does. How could any American defend the hacking of information to impact an election by a foreign government by saying that the opposing party had known about hacking in the past and failed to try harder to stop it. It’s like saying that when Russia launches a nuclear weapon, it’s not ideal but Obama knew they had nuclear weapons and didn’t go to war with Russia to force them to relinquish their nuclear arsenal. An attack on the American election system is never O.K. The day we stop fighting to put an end to Russian interference with our elections is the day that we turn over control of our country to Russia….Oh wait, we already did that!