In an interview with ABC News aired Sunday, President Obama said he didn't think he underestimated Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite the effects of the Russian-led hack on the Democratic National Committee.
Meanwhile, incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus decried the lack of defenses the DNC had in an interview with Fox News.
Here's a clip from the Obama interview.
I underestimated the degree to which...it is possible for misinformation, for cyber hacking and so forth to have an impact on our open societies...
Obama insisted that the the U.S. should not have "more confidence in Vladimir Putin than fellow Americans because those fellow Americans were Democrats."
"We're on the same team," Obama said. "Vladimir Putin's not on our team."
Meanwhile, Priebus accepted that Russia was the "primary" actor in the hacks.
But he said Trump had accepted the report's results.
Only reason the hacking of the poorly defended DNC is discussed is that the loss by the Dems was so big that they are totally embarrassed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2017
Trump had previously dismissed accusations of Russian involvement as sore losing.
Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Only "stupid" people, or fools, would think that it is bad! We.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2017
He also insisted Russia would "respect the U.S. more when he takes office.