Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in the 016 U.S. Presidential elections was devastating in so many ways, especially since she had for more than a year been expected to be the next American president. Following her speech after the announcement of a Donald Trump victory, the Democratic nominee has rarely been seen in public. For those still wondering if she will ever run for president again, the following is the statement offered by confidante Neera Tanden. The following was her actual statement, according to CNN.
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“I think she’s going to figure out ways to help kids and families. That’s been what she’s been focused on her whole life, and a lot of issues that are affecting them, over the next couple of years. But I don’t expect her to ever run for any elected office again. I don’t expect her to run for this and I don’t expect her to run for other office. I think her job is to — what she’s thinking about right now is how to help those kids and families as she has her whole life.”
Meanwhile, there is still an ongoing exchange between Donald Trump’s and Obama’s teams about the involvement of Russia in hacking and leaking the Democratic National Committee emails in order to help the president-elect win. Obama’s team has made significant efforts to highlight the seriousness of the hacking reports, while Donald Trump has taken every opportunity to trash the claim. The following is an excerpt of a report by Time detailing the Russians’ involvement.
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“By October, it had become clear that the Russians were trying to help the Trump campaign,” said one official familiar with the full report speaking on the condition of anonymity because the complete version is Top Secret. In some cases, one official said, the material followed what was called “a circuitous route” from the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency, to Wikileaks in an apparent attempt to make the origins of the material harder to trace, a common practice used by all intelligence agencies, including U.S. ones. These handoffs, the officials said, enabled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to say the Russian government or state agencies were not the source of the material published on his website.”
President Barrack Obama expelled 35 Russians from the United States as retaliation for the hacking, pledging additional actions. The following was his statement in regard to this.
“I have issued an executive order that provides additional authority for responding to certain cyber activity that seeks to interfere with or undermine our election processes and institutions, or those of our allies or partners… Using this new authority, I have sanctioned nine entities and individuals: the GRU and the FSB, two Russian intelligence services; four individual officers of the GRU; and three companies that provided material support to the GRU’s cyber operations.”
“In addition, the secretary of the treasury is designating two Russian individuals for using cyber-enabled means to cause misappropriation of funds and personal identifying information. There has to be a cost and a consequence for what Russia has done,” a senior administration official said. “It is in an extraordinary step for them to interfere in the democratic process here in the United States of America. There needs to be a price for that.”
This is as reported by the Guardian. President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly denied that the hacking swayed the election in his favor. The following are some of his recent statements highlighting this.
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“While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organisations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election. Gross negligence by the Democratic National Committee allowed hacking to take place. The Republican National Committee had strong defense!”
This is as reported by Al Jazeera.
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