President-elect Donald Trump distanced himself Wednesday night from the Obama administration’s plans to punish Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, telling reporters that “I think we ought to get on with our lives.”
Trump, was asked what he thought about the Obama administration’s plans to sanction Russia for what U.S. intelligence officials say was state-sanctioned hacking of Democratic organizations, the targeting of state election systems and meddling in the U.S. presidential election.
“I think we ought to get on with our lives,” Trump said. “I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of the computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on. We have speed, we have a lot of other things, but I’m not sure we have the kind of security we need.”
Asked in particular about comments Wednesday by Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) that sanctions should hit Russian leader Vladimir Putin “as an individual,” Trump demurred.
“I don’t know what he’s doing,” Trump said of Graham. “I haven’t spoken to him. As you know, he ran against me.”
Trump, whom critics have accused of being too cozy with Putin, was referring to Graham’s failed 2016 bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
The president-elect postponed a news conference on that subject this month, and said Wednesday that it will be held early next month.He talked about how he will extract himself from his global business interests upon taking office.“It’s a very routine thing,” Trump said. “It’s not a big deal. You people are making a a big deal, the business. … When I won, they all knew I had a big business all over the place. … It’s a much bigger business than anybody thought. It’s a great business, but I’m going to have nothing to do with it.” Trump said he was prepared to act more boldly than required by law because “I want to focus on the country.”
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