Obama: Trump should be concerned over Russian hacking

"The question is how do we rebuild that party as a whole so that there's not a county in any state - I don't care how red - where we don't have a presence and we're not making the argument because I think we have the better argument", he said of the Democratic Party.

Caught in the middle of a post-election controversy over Russian hacking, Obama strongly defended his administration's response, including his refusal before the voting to ascribe motive to the meddling or to discuss now what effect it might have had.

Obama was referring to an October 7 statement by Clapper and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson publicly blaming Russian Federation for hacking political organizations, a clear reference to the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic officials.

The president said the US retaliation for Russia's action must be carried out in a "thoughtful, methodical way".

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"The President-elect's dismissal of United States intelligence pinning Russian Federation to the hacking was "materially different" from Trump's other bombastic statements, according to one White House official who spoke anonymously to describe internal thinking", reported CNN on Friday. "Ronald Reagan would roll over in his grave", he said. Later on Friday, he and the first family will travel to Hawaii for their annual Christmas vacation.

"Obama administration officials viewed Trump as waging an outright attack on the intelligence community, the official said, and anxious about the implications of his words on national security going forward". "So the idea that somehow public shaming is gonna be effective, I think doesn't read the - the thought process in Russian Federation very well". However, he stopped short of blaming the hacking for Democrat Hillary Clinton's stunning loss to Trump. The organisation WikiLeaks released a steady stream of Podesta's emails in the final weeks of the campaign.

Just five weeks before he leaves the White House, the outgoing Obama - who has a somewhat limited margin for action - is purposefully looking to raise the stakes over Russian election hacking, which U.S. intelligence says was created to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton, a Putin critic. "But also undermine our democracy".

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"The committee will follow the intelligence wherever it leads". Richard Burr, R-N.C., on Friday afternoon. Intelligence and law enforcement officials stressed to CNN that this is where they have been all along. They hacked into some Democratic party emails that contained pretty routine stuff, some of it embarrassing or uncomfortable, because I suspect that if any of us got our emails hacked into, there might be some things that we wouldn't want suddenly appearing on the front page of a newspaper or telecast even if there wasn't anything particularly illegal or controversial about it.

Trump has often said that he would like the U.S. to have a closer and more cooperative relationship with Russian Federation. "I think we handled it the way it should have been handled", he said.

Accusations of Russian election interference have heightened the already tense relationship between Washington and Moscow.

Obama defended his decision to oppose significant USA military action in Syria but acknowledged that he feels "responsible" for some of the suffering there.

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