President-elect Donald Trump insinuated he didn't support increased sanctions on Russia as retaliation for allegedly hacking into the Democratic National Committee servers and releasing thousands of private emails related to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's failed presidential bid.
"I think we ought to get on with our lives,” Trump told reporters when asked about the potential sanctions, which have bipartisan support from figures like President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
"I think computers have complicated lives very greatly,” Trump added, speaking from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on Dec. 29. “The whole age of 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 you have the kind of security we need. And I have not spoken with the senators and I will certainly will be over a period of time."
Although Obama has less than one month before he will leave office, The Washington Post reported on Dec. 29 his administration was close to enforcing increased economic sanctions and diplomatic censure on Russia. Later on Dec. 29, the administration announced a number of economic sanctions, reports The Hill.
In an interview with NPR that was published on Dec. 15, Obama said Russia will “pay a price.”
"I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections ... we need to take action,” Obama said. “ And we will -- at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be."
Anonymous U.S. intelligence sources have been quoted in news articles, including The Washington Post, as having evidence that Russia was responsible for the DNC email hacks, but no official reports have been released to the public.
But senators like Graham said they are confident the Kremlin should be blamed for the security breach of the DNC server network.
“I would say that 99 of us believe the Russians did this and we're going to do something about it," Graham told CNN. "We're going to put sanctions together that hit Putin as an individual and his inner circle for interfering in our election, and they're doing it all over the world -- not just in the United States."