President-elect Donald Trump "is not denying" an intelligence report that ties Russia President Vladimir Putin to meddling in the White House race, incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus said Sunday.
In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Priebus declared "the primary actor" in the hacks on the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta "was the foreign entity…Russia."
"I think he accepts the finding," Priebus said of Trump. "He's not denying entities in Russia are behind these particular hackings."
But Priebus slammed the DNC for leaving itself open to the hack.
"It started as a spearfishing expedition," Priebus said of the breach. "Just so happened that the DNC had almost no defenses on their system."
"Here’s what we have, we have the DNC as a siting duck," he added. "It matters. They lacked defenses. They lacked training. They allowed foreign governments into their system.”
Priebus also said that Russia and China have tried to influence elections outside their borders for “many, many years” and that Trump “may very well” take action against Russia, amid publicly saying he wants to improve relations with Moscow.
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