Trump Admits Russian Hacking Is a 'Big Problem'... In 2014
President-elect Donald Trump continues to deny Russian interference occurred in the 2016 presidential election.
"I think it's ridiculous, I think it's just another excuse," Trump said in a December 11 interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.
Trump doubled down on his statement with a tweet asking, "If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?"
If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1481811869.0
Politifact rated the claim completely false, given the administration announcement a month before Election Day, and the discussion of Russian cyber attacks during the presidential debates. Trump also joked about Russian cyber activity in July, urging Russia to hack Clinton's email. Two years ago, however, Trump was not feeling as good about the Russians. In October 2014, Trump called Russian hacking a "big problem" in response to the State Department hack which had occurred earlier that month.
It started with a comment FBI director James Comey made about China. "There are two kinds of big companies in the United States, there are those that have been hacked by the Chinese and those who don't know they've been hacked by the Chinese," FBI Director James Comey said in a "60 Minutes" interview on October 5, 3014.
"I liken them a bit to a drunk burglar, kicking in the front door, knocking over the vase while they're walking out with your television set," Comey added.
The following day, Trump called Comey's comments "fantastic."
"It's disgraceful, what's going on with China generally," Trump said in a "Fox and Friends" interview.
"I think [Comey's] 100% right, it's a big problem and we have that problem with Russia, you saw that over the weekend," he added.