After U.S. Intelligence Assessment Shows Russian Meddling in U.S. Elections, Trump Blames Democratic National Committee, Tweets About Working With Moscow To Solve World Problems

After meeting with U.S. Intelligence chiefs on Friday and receiving an intelligence assessment from the U.S. intelligence community about Russian meddling during the 2016 U.S. election, President-elect Donald Trump continued to blame Democrats and tweeted on Twitter that gross negligence by the Democratic National Committee allowed the hacking to take place.

Although Trump won in the U.S. electoral college race by 74 votes, he lost the U.S. popular vote by over 2.8 million, the widest margin in U.S. election history.

However, Trump tweeted today on Twitter that the only reason the hacking of the poorly defended Democratic National Committee is discussed is that the loss by Democrats was “so big” that they are totally embarrassed!

Trump pointed out on Twitter that the U.S. intelligence community stated there was absolutely no evidence that hacking affected the election results and U.S. voting machines weren’t touched.

Few if any media outlets have reported that voting machines were cyber hacked.

The U.S. intelligence assessment which was released on Friday January 6th was commissioned by U.S. President Barack Obama on December 9th and wasn’t intended to make an assessment on the eventual impact Russian hacking activities had on the final outcome of the 2016 U.S. election.

It was instead focused on analysis about the intention of Russian activities related to cyber hacking during the 2016 U.S. election.

Trump has steered away from blaming Russia for intruding in the U.S. democracy which the U.S. intelligence community has already concluded in their final assessment was aimed at undermining public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrating Secretary Clinton, and harming her electability and potential presidency.

Trump made appointments in his newly formed cabinet with Americans who are clearly pro-Russian, including Ret. Lt. General Michael Flynn who was selected as Trump’s National Security Advisor, and Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson who Trump selected as U.S. Secretary of State.

As CEO of Exxon, Tillerson was critical of international sanctions against the Kremlin and worked closely with Russian President Vladimir Putin in addition to other influential figures in Moscow.

During Trump’s presidential campaign, he briefly hired Paul Manafort to serve as national chairman of his campaign.

Manafort was involved in the past for lobbying on behalf of pro-Russian leader Viktor Yanukovych.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hillary Clinton have had a frosty relationship dating back to her time as Secretary of State from 2009-2013.

Clinton maintained hawkish foreign policy views about Putin’s expansionist agenda, spoke boldly about enforcing a U.S. led no fly zone in Syria, and admitted that she wasn’t afraid to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin on the international stage.

Putin continues to harbor a grudge and blames Hillary Clinton for pro-democracy efforts in Russia and Eastern Europe that conflicted with Putin’s political stronghold.

“Putin most likely wanted to discredit Secretary Clinton because he has publicly blamed her since 2011 for inciting mass protests against his regime in late 2011 and early 2012, and because he holds a grudge for comments he almost certainly saw as disparaging him” U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in their assessment.

According to the findings of the U.S. intelligence assessment, Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly indicated a preference for Trump’s well-articulated policy about his desire to work with Russia, and pro-Kremlin figures “spoke highly” about what they viewed as his Russia-friendly positions in Syria and Ukraine.

“Putin publicly contrasted the President-elect’s approach to Russia with Secretary Clinton’s “aggressive rhetoric” ‘ U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in their assesment.

Despite the final conclusions reached from the U.S. intelligence community showing direct Russian Government meddling in the U.S. election, President-elect Trump continues to favor rapprochement with the Kremlin and tweeted on Saturday that having a relationship with Russia is a “good thing, not a bad thing” and only “stupid” people, or fools, would think that it is bad.

The intelligence assessment released on Friday is a statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) which comes after America’s top 3 intelligence agencies have determined that “the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible through a campaign of discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.”

The findings of the assessment shows that when it appeared that Hillary Clinton was likely to win the election, the Russian influence campaign focused more intently on undermining her presidential aspirations through a dual strategy of blending covert operations such as cyber hacking combined with overt operations by the Russian Government including Russia’s state run news media, RT, which has wide international exposure, along with third party intermediaries and paid social media users or “trolls” that were deployed to help sway opinion.

President-elect Trump speculated on Saturday in a tweet that Washington and Moscow will perhaps work together to solve some of the “many great and pressing problems and issues of the WORLD!”

Foreign policy differences between Moscow and Washington have contrasted in areas of the world such as Syria and Ukraine.

Moscow was involved in working to forge a cease fire agreement in Syria that saw a coordinated effort between Ankara and Damascus with the U.S. on the sidelines.

The Kremlin continues to support Syrian President Bashar al Assad through military intervention and was involved in an aerial bombardment of Aleppo which targeted rebel groups, including moderate ones supported by the U.S. and Arab partners that are seeking a post Assad transitional government installed in Damascus.

In Europe, Russia deployed soldiers with no identifiable emblems to Crimea in Ukraine and later annexed the region on March 18, 2014.  Moscow also stands accused of supporting Russian separatists in southeastern Ukraine.

Here is the declassified U.S. intelligence assessment:

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