The comments came after questions about whether the President would say Vladimir Putin had authorized the cyberattacks during the presidential campaign and whether Trump's tweets since the election were emboldening Russia. On Putin's involvement, Obama said he would wait for the report he ordered looking into the hacks to pull the pieces of evidence together, but added a "larger point" that "not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin."
Obama was willing to give Trump some benefit of the doubt by pointing out that he was still transitioning into his new role of governing and wielding power.
"What we have to see is how will the President-elect operate and how will his team operate when they've been fully briefed on all these issues and they have their hands on all the levels of government and that have to start to making decisions," Obama said, before issuing his call that Trump join other lawmakers in calling for a probe on the foreign interference into the election.
Earlier in the press conference he said that "there hasn't been a lot of squabbling," between the Trump transition team and the White House.
"What we've simply said is the facts which are based on uniform intelligence assessments, the Russians were responsible for hacking the DNC, and that as a consequence, it is important for us to review all elements of that and make sure that we are preventing that kind of interference through cyber attacks in the future," Obama said. "That should be a bipartisan issue. That shouldn't be a partisan issue. And my hope is that the President-elect is going to similarly be concerned with making sure that we don't have potential foreign influence in our election process."