Trump Downplay of Russian Cyber Attack on US Gov’t Agencies Offers More Proof He Is Putin’s Puppet
“This was a very significant effort, and I think it’s the case that now we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said of the cyber hack in an interview Friday on “The Mark Levin Show.” Officials in Trump administration having said this week that the cyber attack “poses a grave risk” to networks across both the public and private sector. Trump on the matter was at first silent for days, then in his first comments about it today downplayed the threat, and insinuated with no offered evidence or mention of it by any other official in his administration that China may have been the culprit.
“The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality,” Trump tweeted late Saturday morning. “I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control. Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!).”
White House officials had drafted a statement assigning blame to Russia for the attack and were preparing to release it Friday afternoon but were told to stand down, according to people familiar with the plans reported by CNN. This is yet another circumstance in the years of Trump’s presidency that Trump refuses to hold Russia to account for nefarious behavior, often at odds with his own intelligence agencies and members of his own administration.
This continues to fuel speculation that Putin has got something on Trump, either financial, personal dirt, or both that prevents him from ever publicly recognizing Putin’s bad behavior. From 2016 election interference to poisoning political opponents and attacking US cyber infrastructure, Trump’s response in essence has repeatedly been, “nothing to see here.”