Trump Hints At "Russian Hacking" Revelations In Coming Days: "I Know Things Other People Don't"

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During a brief, informal exchange with reporters on New Year's Eve at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Donald Trump questioned the official version of the "Russians hacking the election", saying it was possible "somebody else" compromised the Democratic campaign’s servers, adding that he will reveal some previously undisclosed facts in the coming days by hinting that "I also know things that other people don’t know, we they cannot be sure of the situation."

Asked what that information included, the Republican President-elect said, "You will find out on Tuesday or Wednesday." He did not elaborate.

Trump also reiterated his belief that others might be responsible for the cyberattacks: “I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.”

“I think it’s unfair if we don’t know. It could be somebody else,” Reuters cited Trump as telling the media.

He also added that computers are a risky form of communication. “It’s very important, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old fashioned way because I’ll tell you what, no computer is safe,” Mr. Trump added. “I don’t care what they say, no computer is safe. I have a boy who’s 10 years old, he can do anything with a computer. You want something to really go without detection, write it out and have it sent by courier.”

Trump was responding to questions about his position on the alleged Moscow-backed “hacking” of the Democratic National Committee that resulted in the emergence of leaks unfavorable to Hillary Clinton. While he has consistently shrugged off the accusations, which also claimed he was backed by Russia against Clinton, Trump on Thursday reacted to the new sanctions against Russia and the release of a report by the FBI and the DHS with a promise to attend intelligence briefings to be updated on the matter. Russia at first vowed to retaliate, but on Friday, President Vladimir Putin said his government wouldn't expel U.S. diplomats in reprisal. That, in turn, prompted Trump to post on his Twitter account: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin). I always knew he was very smart!”

The President-elect said he wanted to press U.S. intelligence agencies to make sure they are correct in asserting that Russia was behind a cyberattack aimed at disrupting the 2016 presidential race, asserting that the US intelligence community has been wrong before. He made reference to a government assessment before the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 that the country’s former leader, Saddam Hussein, possessed weapons of mass destruction.

And if you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster and they were wrong,” Mr. Trump said, according to the press pool report. “And so I want them to be sure. I think it’s unfair if they don’t know.”

As we reported last week, the latest joint report by the FBI and the DHS did not reveal any actual evidence of the Russian government being behind the alleged hacks, merely noting code that is present in countless forms of malware, some of which originate in the Ukraine, and also came with a disclaimer, saying the DHS “does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within.”

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On a separate matter, Trump was also asked about the possibility of meeting with Taiwan's president if she visits the US after his January 20 inauguration. 

“We’ll see,” Trump said about meeting Tsai Ing-wen, without elaborating, leading the US media to conclude he was leaving a door open to such a possibility. Taiwan's president will be in transit in Houston on Jan. 7 and again will be in transit in San Francisco on Jan. 13. Trump, citing protocol, said he would not meet with any foreign leaders while President Barack Obama is still in office.

Trump's openness to meet with Ing-wen will likely lead to further tensions with China. Overnight, China's president Xi Jinping said in his New Year's address that China will never allow anyone to "make a great fuss" about its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights.

"We adhere to peaceful development, and resolutely safeguard our territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests," Xi said, in comments carried by state media late on Saturday. "Chinese people will never allow anyone to get away with making a great fuss about it," he said, without elaborating.

Trump was also asked about Obama’s plan to visit Capitol Hill next week and talk to Democrats about preserving his signature domestic initiative, the Affordable Care Act. Congressional Republicans are planning to repeal the legislation. Cited by the WSJ, Trump said that health-care-premium increases underscore that the system created under the Obama administration “doesn’t work.”

He cited former President Bill Clinton’s comment at a campaign stop in October that premium increases were creating hardships for millions of hardworking families, even as uninsured people were getting coverage, calling Obamacare the "craziest thing in the world."

Trump said: “Bill Clinton said it; maybe he shouldn’t have said it on the campaign when he said it. It’s unaffordable, it doesn’t work and it’s been crazy.”

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Trump tried to end the year on a positive note despite questions about the future of U.S.-Russia relations because of escalating tensions between Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as Trump's promise to crack down on China's trade practices, which he says unfairly target American workers.

"Hopefully we're going to have great relationships with many countries and that includes Russia and that includes China," Trump said.

But he criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for earlier this week offering a stark assessment of Israel's policies in the Middle East, which he said could threaten the possibility of establishing a Palestinian state co-existing with Israel. Trump called Kerry's speech "very unfair."

As he wrapped up the four-minute chat with reporters, Trump also was asked what his 2017 new year's resolution was.

"Make America great again," he said.

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HoserF16's picture

Yeah like "The Russians Didn't Do It!"


chunga's picture

His name was Seth Rich.

CuttingEdge's picture

Methinks Langley is in for a bit of Trump bulldozing if he has an inkling they are trying to fuck him over.

Looney's picture


0bama’s predecessors, at least, used to put some effort into False Flags and Spook-Ops.

0bama comes up with a lie, without any evidence, and just keeps repeating it like a broken Jukebox.

What a lazy-ass squirrel-bitch!


FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) Looney Jan 1, 2017 10:15 AM

Careful Donald ... Vlad may not like your tone

BaBaBouy's picture

All this shit will be reversed starting the 20th ~~~

Son of Loki's picture

I can look at Melania allll day. She is knock out gorgeous. What a First Lady! Every leader in the world is going to invote Doanld and Melania to dinner, parties, etc. She's a feast for the eyes and smart also. Most importantly, she's proud to be an American!


OMG, what a diffenece one election makes!

Bob's picture

Better get your game into shape, then, because she may be back shopping the market shortly . . . at least that's PCR's fear, and he makes a very compelling case, I think:

VinceFostersGhost's picture



That little white catching up to you!!!

JRobby's picture

Another brilliant Trump move. Force them out into the open into HIS time frame, not their's. An accelerated time frame.

Because you know "They" have more crap planned for the next 20 days.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Because you know "They" have more crap planned for the next 20 days.


Oh yeah!

Whoa Dammit's picture

Because you know "They" have more crap planned for the next 20 days.

Hell hath no fury like a Bull Dyke scorned.

strannick's picture

Scorned Bulldyke yes. Just ask Podesta and Mook about election night. Pity somebody didn't capture that fury on a cell phone..

nmewn's picture doubt.

You just know she was bitching them both out for fucking up her "historic coronation" because it would never occur to her that it was actually her fault she lost. Hell thats probably why she didn't feel compelled to make an appearence at her own "victory rally" to concede as per the norm, instead, sending out Podesta. What a contemptible old hag.

No matter what else happens over these next four years America, consider yourselves extremely lucky she's not the one being sworn in.

RiverRoad's picture

+  100       Thank God.

nmewn's picture

And by the way...where is Eric Braverman?

"Eric Braverman, the Clinton Foundation CEO from 2013 until 2015,  has apparently been missing since October. His absence has fueled speculations in the blogosphere but so far has been ignored by the media. 

Ignored. Shocking I know...right?

"Some speculate, with good reason, that Braverman may have gone into hiding after an email mentioning his name was released by Wikileaks on October 22 of this year. In the March 2015 email exchange, Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden told Clinton campaign manager and confidant John Podesta there was a mole within the Clinton Foundation. Podesta in his reply told Tanden the mole was Braverman."

Whoopsie ;-)

RiverRoad's picture

" a (!) mole"?  You can damn well bet there was more than one....and all lined-up to be Arkancided fer sure.

Manthong's picture

I think it is great that the MSM morons still have no clue about what they are up against.

Kotzbomber747's picture

Another dud from Phony Donald, it's already becoming predictable.

tazs's picture

"Russian Hacking US Election" is Obama's pitiful way of saying the Donald stole the election.

stizazz's picture

Of course he stole it.

beemasters's picture

“'I think it’s unfair if we don’t know. IT COULD BE SOMEONE ELSE,' Reuters cited Trump as telling the media."

So essentially, whether it was Russia or someone else, Trump is conceding that it was hacked and his presidency is illegitimate??

jimfcarroll's picture

Are you one of the 50%+ democrats that think the media's framing of "hacked the election" means the outcome was changed by the hackers? Really? If the Russians did EVERYTHING they said they did then ALL they did was let us know what was going on inside the DNC by making PUBLIC the DNC and Podesta emails. They "hacked the election" by TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE TRUTH. ... moron.

Keyser's picture

Never argue with the idiots... Much like pigs, they drag you down to their level and beat you with experience... What else can they do with an IQ of 80?

jeff montanye's picture

imo that actually is mark twain.

as the commenter with the stars and bars noted regarding the leak, not hack, his name was seth rich and he paid for his heroism with his life.  ask julian assange.  he may have had help though, the commenters downthread mention eric braverman and this looks intriguing:

look at trump's wife carefully in the photo above.  she looks scared for his life and hers as well.  i hope he never stops using private security of the very best sort.  

as mentioned, the secret service was pulled off kennedy's car in dallas immediately before he was murdered.  please president elect trump keep this ever in your mind:

many people want to kill you and lots of them have real experience at the job.  they will multiply if you ever try to press the two state solution on israel, which will be years in the doing and probably when push comes to shove israel will refuse or offer an impossible to live with deal to the palestinians, as with clinton.  but if you bust them for 9-11, the tilt of the field changes completely. their game theory goes out the window, down into the dumpster.  that alone would make you the best president since ike and jfk, maybe more than that.

p.s. the one state solution is so much cleaner, simpler and catches the israelis in their lie that israel is currently a democracy even though they rule through abuse, persecution and murder the palestinians in the "occupied territories" (captured in 1967) without ever letting them vote on israel's government.  no borders to draw, no rules of access, just citizens of the lands they live in that israel wanted to conquer and then ethnically cleanse but hasn't yet managed to, entirely.

beemasters's picture

He is saying the election could have been hacked by anyone, which meant he is conceding it was hacked. By "election" it may not mean all those DNC emails.

And to pin blame on Russia is unfair since nobody knows who hacked it, but someone did, which is to say he will not be a legitimate president. That's all he is trying to tell us - that he is a hacked president!

Of course, feel free to tell us how else his statement could have been interpreted.

musimann's picture

Jim Stone has a post on his site stating the call went out from the Clinton camp to hack and the other guys stopped it. There are situations where a hack brought the right result. Only proven hackers so far is the US gubermint. DHS. Jey Johnson.

jeff montanye's picture

beemasters: i'm not sure that trump is using language with precision here.  someone with access to the dnc and podesta's computers, who had the p@sswprds. just logging in and downloading emails onto another storage device, like seth rich probably did, is not really a hack, right?  or is it?  inside job leak, outside job hack?

perhaps trump should have run it by that ten year old boy before he answered.

trump's more legitimate than george w. bush.  and look what bush accomplished, especially via his trainee, mr. obama.

beemasters's picture

The point is Trump shouldn't have said "It could have been someone else," since nobody knows for certain if it was indeed hacked (by any foreign entity). It is up to the CIA/FBI to surrender any concrete evidence.

By making the statement, he is practically casting doubts, saying, "Yes, the election was hacked, and I am not sure if I am your rightful president."

jeff montanye's picture

are we talking about releasing the dnc and podesta emails or are you suggesting vote fraud?

if the former, however it happened, it happened and voters could care or not.  it seems far easier and likelier that a sanders supporter or pissed off ex clinton supporter did it than the russian clandestine service (although there's a report that eric braverman went to the russian embassy and requested asylum).

if you're talking about the second, trump isn't.  be explicit.

beemasters's picture

It's "election hack" as it's been often referred to. Trump hasn't been specific, but he should never have suggested DNC email leak as a hack unless there's an evidence proving it was indeed a hack. Maybe that's something that he knows and the rest of us don't?
As far as DNC hack goes, clearly, Donna Brazile did the hacking.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

so, stizazz, your saying that Donad trump, a washington outsider with nothing on his resume working INSIDE the government or its election apparatus, is more likely to have fraudulently affected the electoral outcome than a Democrat Candidate govt insider all her life working with a Democrat sitting president for the last 8 years

You think donald's in a better position to fuck with the election? and you cite no evidence whatsoever. 

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Braverman is probably swimming in the Klinton dead pool

The_Juggernaut's picture

Oh hell, didn't Kennedy say something like this before... you know?


Giant Meteor's picture

Its going to be extremely difficult to pull that hat trick again. People wouldn't lay down this time. So yeah, basically if they're prepared to completely pull the drain plug, have mass civil unrest, leading to mass casualties ..  I'd be more inclined they would continue to attempt murder through character assasination, but I don't believe that would fly either.


Zero-Hegemon's picture

Braverman is probably swimming in the Klinton dead pool

DeaconPews's picture

He swims with the fishes...

Salem Villager's picture

YouTube the George Webb series "where is Eric Braverman?"
70 short videos counting every day since his disappearance.
Crowd sourcing independent journalism happening now.

nmewn's picture

Its quite clear thats what its going to take, obviously the known Fake Nuuuz sources like NYT's & WaPo are uninterested or covering it up.

One would think with the ongoing FBI investigation into the Clinton Crime Family Foundation pay-for-play schemes and embezzlement of funds for India & Haiti the former CEO of said organization would be an important piece of the puzzle.

In the infamous words of Joe Biden: "This is a big fucking deal man!" ;-) 

Salem Villager's picture

It's a brilliant way to bring so many various independent investigative journalists into the fray. There is something for everyone in the massive scandal that is the CF

nmewn's picture

Its a real shame the major fake news organizations chose to take a pass on this...for Sometimes you can learn much more from what they choose to not report on than what they actually do choose to report on.

Random unconnected thought, so whatever happened to Noor Zahi Salman? 

Inquiring minds and all ;-)

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) nmewn Jan 2, 2017 2:18 AM

Much more is going on here.

These actors are just coins thrown on the stage.

We are in the hour of Satan now.

He has risen with Pluto in Capricorn, this is his hour with Pluto in Capricorn.

Some of that is being exposed now, but only some of it.

Satan plagiarizes, he steals like he comes in the name of love.

Do you think he is stupid and comes in the name of hate?

Watch the vids of the "Not my President" in their violence they say they are about "Love".

Satan plagiarizes the creator.

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

They could have at least ordered pizza for her.....

JRobby's picture

Drunk & raging

That gets you a misdemeanor and 36 hours of "classes" for $6k if you are just a peasant.

RiverRoad's picture

Especially a Bull Dyke ape in high heels.

bamawatson's picture

the rissians hacked ohio state

the russians hacked mariah carey

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

I'm still hoping Trump takes the inauguration ceremony indoors into the Capitol Building, for security reasons.  IMO, he owes it to his supporters to take any steps he can to remain safe as reasonably possible.

847328_3527's picture

I'm still waiting for Hitlery to slither out of hiding and to show her face in public again so i can land directly on her nose again in front of all the TV cameras and lights.

I think she is the FIRST candidate ever the Catholic Church has come out and called the anti-Christ. That's quite something.

RiverRoad's picture

They know one when they see one.