President-elect Donald Trump has said Russia should not be targeting the US with cyber attacks, calling such actions "bad". He also took credit for personally organising the cyber defences that stopped the Republican Party being hacked before the US elections last year.
Speaking at his first press conference since being elected president Trump tackled the complex issue of hacking and attribution with a series of blunt statements and rambling claims, including his belief cyber attacks from Russia against US organisations will stop once he becomes president.
"He [Putin] shouldn't be doing it. He won't be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I'm leading than when other people have led it. You will see that. Russia will respect our country more. He shouldn't have done it. I don't believe that he will be doing it more now," Trump said.
Trump also admitted for the first time that he accepts it probably was Russia who hacked in the Democratic National Committee and released reams of information from their campaign, much of which was used to discredit Hilary Clinton and her staff.
"As far as hacking, I think it was Russia," he said, before immediately moving on to another topic, that of the hack on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) claiming China was to blame.
He also said that he agreed hacking was "bad" but then confusingly also seemed to suggest it was useful as it enabled him to learn things during the campaign.
"We talk about the hacking. And hacking's bad. And it shouldn't be done. But look at the things that were hacked. Look at what was learned from that hacking. That Hillary Clinton got the questions to the debate and didn't report it? That's a horrible thing. That's a horrible thing. Can you imagine that if Donald Trump got the questions to the debate?
"It would have been the biggest story in the history of stories. And they would have said, "immediately you have to get out of the race." No one even talked about it. It's a very terrible thing."
Trump also claimed credit for the fact the Republican Party was not hacked, saying he urged the management to ensure they had adequate "hacking defense".
"We had a great hacking defense at the Republican National Committee. That's why we weren't hacked. By the way, we were told that they were trying to hack us, but they weren't able to hack. And I think I get some credit because […] I said I want strong hacking defense."
It's not clear what actions Trump specifically asked for in this regard.
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