President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday night that intelligence officials had delayed a briefing on Russian hacking until Friday and implied they need time to "build a case."
Trump had previously said he would disclose more knowledge about the hack that "others didn't know" by Wednesday. However, he has since said he will not announce anything until after the briefing.
Meanwhile, those intelligence officials insist the meeting was always planned for Friday, NBC News reports.
The "Intelligence" briefing on so-called "Russian hacking" was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
Here's the Trump tweet that started this controversy -- note the sarcastic quote marks.
Julian Assange said "a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta" - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
He continued to address the issue Wednesday morning.
He sided with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Somebody hacked the DNC but why did they not have "hacking defense" like the RNC has and why have they not responded to the terrible......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
He accused the Democratic National Committee of not having "hacking defense."
things they did and said (like giving the questions to the debate to H). A total double standard! Media, as usual, gave them a pass.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
He also accused the news media of ignoring the DNC's wrongdoing during the campaign.
I mean, it could be Russia. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?
About those quotation marks
Trump has long cast doubt on intelligence officials' evidence that Russia hacked U.S. systems to influence the 2016 presidential election. He has insisted it is impossible to prove that Russia was involved, often referring to a hypothetical "400-pound" person hacking from their bedroom.
But critics, including some in Congress, said he was damaging U.S. credibility.
WATCH | Trump insisted at a New Year's Eve party that he had insider knowledge about the hacks.
WATCH | He also said the intelligence community had no way to be sure of the origin of the hacks, comparing the consensus of all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies about Russia's involvement to the now-discredited belief that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in the early 2000s.