When interviewed about the CIA’s findings regarding Russia’s interference in this election, President-Elect Donald Trump told Times Magazine, “It could be Russia. It could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey. We don’t know.”
No, Mr. Trump, we do know. It was Russia.
In fact, 17 intelligence agencies have released a statement confirming that Russian security agencies were responsible for infiltrating, hacking and releasing emails from the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. These 17 agencies are: Air Force Intelligence, Army Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, Coast Guard Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency, Energy Department, Homeland Security Department, State Department, Treasury Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Marine Corps Intelligence, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, National Security Agency, Navy Intelligence and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In addition, multiple, non-government security firms have also analyzed the cyber attacks and have come to the same conclusion.
Trump’s pattern of creating false narratives and blatantly rejecting fact is dangerous. Dismissing the credibility of federal intelligence agencies in order to maintain his own narrative to the public is behavior similar to horrific dictators like Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler. Yet, Trump’s fumbles with national security do not stop there.
On “Fox News Sunday”, Trump admitted to ignoring daily intelligence briefings. Not only does this statement indicate a clear dismissal of national security expertise, it also exposes a potential weakness to the rest of the world. Since Trump has no prior experience managing foreign and domestic affairs as a federal government official, he should welcome the information of those who have years of prowess and knowledge in keeping our country safe. These briefings are an opportunity to do the best job he can and fulfill his promise of “Making America Safe Again”.
As President-Elect, it is time for Trump to take that step from inflammatory billionaire celebrity to the President of the United States of America. It starts with paying attention to daily intelligence briefings, keeping security issues out of the press and accepting fact as fact.
“This is not just an attack on me and my campaign… This is an attack against our country. We are well beyond normal political concerns here. This is about the integrity of our democracy and the security of our nation.” – Hillary Clinton