“But we also get hacked by other countries and other people and I can say that, you know, when we lost 22 million names and everything else that was hacked recently, they didn't make a big deal out of that,” Trump added, referring to a hack by the Chinese government of millions of files in the Office of Personnel Management.
He said it would be "very important" to develop a “hacking defense."
Asked about taking punitive actions against Russia for interfering in the U.S. election, Trump said "If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability. Because we have a horrible relationship with Russia."
In response to another question, however, Trump seemed to hedge his answer:
"You said just now that you believe that Russia indeed was responsible for the hacking of the DNC and Podesta emails, et cetera," a reporter began, before asking about Trump's faith in the intelligence community.
"Well you know what? It could have been others also," he said.
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