During CNN’s “New Day” segment on Friday, Kellyanne Conway went head-to-head over Russian hacking allegations with co-host Chris Cuomo.
Cuomo called Trump an “outlier” and “not accepting proof that Russian is behind the hacks of the election.” He probed Conway on “why he fights what is so obvious to so many?”
Conway pointed out that Trump had not yet received his classified report on the matter, but he was expected to later that day. She mentioned that President Obama only received his briefing report this week, emphasizing that it is speculation until the intelligence community has been properly debriefed of any findings.
Conway explained, “The idea that conclusion evidence has been out there in the public domain provided to the President-elect is simply not true.”
She called out CNN and other Clinton affiliates for furthering the unsubstantiated narrative and called for “push back” against the idea of there being a direct nexus of a foreign government interfering with cyber security. She also mentioned that a recent hearing declared our nation’s cyber security to be “woefully underserved,” at which point Cuomo abruptly cut her off.
She also pointed out that Obama could have done more to combat the hacking when Director of National Intelligence James Clapper first claimed the Russians were responsible. She argued that the hacking was meant to delegitimize Trump.
“I really believe there are those out there — there are those out there that are trying to delegitimize his presidency, review the election results and you know it,” she said. “[We] had a president of the United States in October who could have, when Mr. Clapper said what he said, could have pushed back harder but did not because what was he doing? He and Hillary Clinton and all of their teams were absolutely believing that she was going to be the next president of the United States.”
The CNN host offered to stipulate that Clinton’s campaign was trying to delegitimize Trump by politicizing the hacks, but only if she conceded that the President-elect should be taking cyber security issues involving Russia more seriously. He said, “The idea of Clinton’s people saying that the legitimacy of the election is tied to the revelation that Russia is behind the hacking is political. That’s not something the president-elect should be putting first in his priorities.”
Cuomo suggested Russia’s motives for hacking were “irrelevant” and that the focus should be on proving Russia’s involvement. “That is where you guys are stuck,” he said. “You can’t divorce these two notions. And it is creating a really tough situation for you.”
Conway retorted, “I see you are very passionate about this.”
“Sure I am. Russia trying to hack during our election being ignored by the president-elect? That’s troubling,” said Cuomo.
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