President Donald Trump confirmed that he approved a cyberattack in 2018 against Russia’s Internet Research Agency, a team that is significant to Russian interference with US elections since 2016.
Trump gave the confirmation during an interview conducted by Marc Thiessen, a Washington Post columnist and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Thiessen asked Trump whether he had launched a cyberattack. Thiessen said Trump replied, “Correct.”
He said “In 2016 Barack Obama “knew before the election that Russia was playing around. Or, he was told. Whether or not it was so or not, who knows? And he said nothing. And the reason he said nothing was that he didn’t want to touch it because he thought (Hillary Clinton) was winning because he read phony polls. So, he thought she was going to win. And we had the silent majority that said, ‘No, we like Trump.’ ”
Obama did announce sanctions against Russia and expelled some Russian diplomats in retaliation for Russia’s interference in the US presidential election.