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President elect Donald Trump dismisses talk of imposing sanctions against Russia

December 29, 2016

4bkc8f4af682b9k92v_800c450US President-elect Donald Trump has turned down talk of imposing sanctions against Russia in response to Moscow’s alleged interference in the November 8 election.

Talking to reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Wednesday night, Trump downplayed the allegations of Russian intervention in the election and stressed the need to move forward.

“I think we ought to get on with our lives,” Trump told reporters.

“I think the computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on,” he said.

“We have speed, we have a lot of other things, but I’m not sure we have the kind of security that we need,” he added.

Trump said he has not discussed the issue of sanctions with senators yet but that he “certainly will be over a period of time.”

The administration of President Barack Obama has repeatedly claimed that the hacking attacks weeks before the election against some Democratic organizations were carried out by Russia as part of Moscow’s plan to interfere in the election process in order to sway the vote in Trump’s favor, a claim that has been rejected by Moscow.

According to Obama, US intelligence agencies are in possession of evidence that shows Russian President Vladimir Putin supervised the hacking, which targeted the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and John Podesta, a top aide to defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Several American senators have called on the government to slap sanctions against Russia for its alleged meddling in the election.


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