July 25, 2024

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Trump, Pompeo Differ on Russia Role in SolarWinds Hack

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explicitly blamed Russia for the SolarWinds hack that compromised numerous federal companies and U.S. firms, when President Trump mentioned he was skeptical of the country’s function.

“This was a incredibly sizeable effort, and I think it’s the scenario that now we can say very obviously that it was the Russians that engaged in this action,” Mr. Pompeo mentioned in a Friday evening job interview with radio host Mark Levin.

Mr. Trump in Saturday tweets played down the connection to Russia, differing with his major diplomat, who has been a faithful ally.

“The Cyber Hack is far increased in the Faux Information Media than in actuality. I have been thoroughly briefed and every thing is well beneath handle. “Russia, Russia, Russia is the precedence chant when anything at all takes place,” Mr. Trump mentioned, incorporating there was the “possibility that it may possibly be China (it may possibly!)”

In addition to Mr. Pompeo, U.S. intelligence officials speaking privately, experts investigating the hack and lawmakers briefed on it have mentioned it was incredibly probable carried out by Russia.