Trump’s Sunday Interview

From CIA to EPA

President-elect Trump in the latest interview with Fox News described the CIA assessment report according to which Russia meddled in the election to boost his candidacy as “ridiculous.” Trump described the claim as another “excuse” to explain his upset victory in the election.

Every week it’s another excuse.  We had a massive landslide victory, as you know, in the Electoral College.

Trump also talked at length about his cabinet selection process and also defended his move for selecting generals to the top positions, while also previewing his pick for the post of secretary of state. He also vowed to speed up the process of cleaning up government agencies, without dismantling Obama’s legacy. Trump clearly rejected the CIA assessment report, while being careful that he didn’t personally criticize the sitting President over the intelligence agencies’ analysis on foreign cyber-intervention in the election.

Nobody really knows, and hacking is very interesting. Once they hack, if you don’t catch them in the act you’re not going to catch them. They have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody. It could be somebody sitting in bed some place.

After Obama had ordered the hacking probe, the Trump team responded by saying “move on.” A bipartisan group of Senators described the Russian interference as “serious “shortly after the interview. Here’s the joint statement released by Sens. John McCain,  R-Ariz.; Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; and Jack Reed, D-R.I.:-

For years, foreign adversaries have directed cyber-attacks at America’s physical, economic, and military infrastructure, while stealing our intellectual property. Now our democratic institutions have been targeted. Recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American. Democrats and Republicans must work together, and across the jurisdictional lines of the Congress, to examine these recent incidents thoroughly and devise comprehensive solutions to deter and defend against further cyber-attacks. This cannot become a partisan issue. The stakes are too high for our country.

Trump and his supporters point out the variant accounts by intelligence agencies. FBI had argued that Russia’s involvement was not clear; the bureau and agency were not on the same page on the intervention issue. WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange also previously said that Russian government was not the source.

Trump said that there’s great confusion, and he even asserted that the Democrats suffered the biggest defeat in the history of politics in the country that’s why they were putting this out. He also said that Democrats were “very embarrassed” and the efforts “could be” political.

Trump also stated that he wants to make the government more efficient, especially when it comes to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He added that people have to wait for years only to learn that their projects are not getting approved, that’s why people are not investing in the country. He said that he would speed up the process and get things approved faster.

On asked whether he would take a “wrecking ball” to the Obama Legacy, he said that he wouldn’t want to do that “at all.”