President-elect Donald Trump has called for better relations with Russia, branding those that do not want better relations, stupid.
He said that Russia will respect America far more under his presidency than under Barak Obama’s time in the Whitehouse.
Trump rejects the allegations that Russia was behind the Democratic Party hacks that arguably helped him win the election. Recently, Trump criticised intelligence agencies that had stated Russia was behind the hacking. He labelled it a “political witch hunt.”
Trump saw a classified report on Friday, which is said to show that Vladimir Putin wanted a Trump win.
Trump, however, still wants good relations with the Russians, stating that both countries could work together to “solve many of the great problems” of the world.
In a series of tweets, he tweeted, “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….”
“have enough problems around the world without yet another one. When I am President, Russia will respect us far more than they do now and….
“both countries will, perhaps, work together to solve some of the many great and pressing problems and issues of the WORLD!”
The intelligence report also outlined how a “spear-phishing” campaign happened just after the election win, designed to trick people into revealing their passwords. The campaign was levelled at government employees that specialise in think-tanks, defence and foreign policy, and national security.
Trump underwent a briefing with intelligence chiefs in New York, where he saw the complete intelligence document. A document with the classified parts removed was shown to the public.
Trump has never backed down from his instance that Russia had not had any involvement in the hack. All he said following the briefing was, “there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election” and there “was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines.”
Julian Assange has also denied Russia passed the information to Wikileaks.