In an interview with NPR, President Obama vowed that the United States will “take action” against Russia after the intelligence community concluded cyberattacks were part of an effort to influence the presidential election.
“I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections, that we need to take action and we will — at a time and place of our own choosing,” Obama said in the interview.
“Some of it may be explicit and publicized, some of it may not be,” Obama added.
Obama has requested that the intelligence community conduct a review of the cyberattacks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.
“When I receive a final report, you know, we’ll be able to, I think, give us a comprehensive and best guess as to those motivations,” he said.
“But that does not in any way, I think, detract from the basic point that everyone during the election perceived accurately – that in fact what the Russian hack had done was create more problems for the Clinton campaign than it had for the Trump campaign.”
A portion of Obama’s interview with Steve Inskeep can be seen below:
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