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Trump Suggests He Authorized Cyber Attack on Russia: ‘It Happened During My Administration’

Mediaite logo Mediaite 5/19/2019 Connor Mannion
President Donald Trump gives thumbs up after arriving on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. Trump is returning from a trip to New York. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) © Associated Press President Donald Trump gives thumbs up after arriving on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. Trump is returning from a trip to New York. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump hinted to Fox’s Steve Hilton that he authorized a cyber attack against Russia during the 2018 midterms, saying “the whole thing happened and it happened during my administration.”

Hilton was speaking with Trump as part of a full interview to air Sunday night.

“It’s been reported this year that you personally authorized a cybe rattack on Russia around the time of the midterms last year in order to stop them meddling in the midterm election,” Hilton asked referring to a report that the Pentagon prepared a cyberattack against Russia.

“Well, I’d rather not say that,” Trump said. “But you can believe that the whole thing happened and it happened during my administration.”

“But why wouldn’t you talk about that?” Hilton asked.

“Well you know intelligence, they say ‘please don’t talk about that,'” Trump said.

“But you know sometimes intelligence is good,” Trump continued on. “Sometimes you look at Comey, you look at Brennan … I’m supposed to believe that intelligence?” he said apparently pivoting to attacking Barack Obama’s intelligence chiefs.

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