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Trump To Be Briefed On Russian Tampering

| by Lauren Briggs

During the first week of 2017, President-elect Donald Trump will meet with U.S. intelligence officials to discuss allegations of Russian involvement in the American presidential election, he announced hours after President Barack Obama revealed that the U.S. would impose sanctions against the nation.

"It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things," Trump wrote in a Dec. 29 statement, according to The Hill. "Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation."

Though Trump did not specify to which "situation" he was referring, his transition team stated earlier in the day that he would soon issue a response to the Russian sanctions.

Many lawmakers and national security officials believe that the Russian government orchestrated a series of hacks into emails between the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign team. Indeed, on Dec. 29, Obama announced that the U.S. would hit back at Russia for these allegations.

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"All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions," Obama said in a statement explaining the retaliatory measures, according to Politico. "These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia's aggressive activities. We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized."

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokespeople have denied all claims that Russia meddled in the election.

Several high-ranking Republicans have said that they support the sanctions leveled by the Obama administration, though Trump has said on numerous occasions that the issue is one of little importance.

"I think we ought to get on with our lives," Trump answered, when reporters asked him to comment on the situation, according to the New York Times. "I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what is going on. We have speed, we have a lot of other things, but I’m not sure we have the kind, the security we need."

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Sources: The Hill, Politico, New York Times / Photo Credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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