In an impromptu media availability Wednesday night, President-elect Donald Trump responded to a question about sanctions against Russia by suggesting that “we ought to get on with our lives.”
“I think we ought to get on with our lives,” he said, according to a transition pool report, before segueing into an apparent discussion of information security.
“I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly,” Trump said. “The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on.”
The President-elect said that computers have “speed” and “a lot of other things” but said he isn’t sure whether “the kind of security we need” is available. He then returned to the subject of sanctions.
“I have not spoken with the senators, and I certainly will be over a period of time,” he said.
Multiple members of Trump’s transition team confirmed that the President-elect’s decision to speak to reporters was spontaneous, according to a Yahoo News report.
In an interview with CNN that aired Tuesday night, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that senators are largely in agreement that Russia was behind hacks into the Democratic National Convention and other Democratic groups during the 2016 election. He urged senators to act in response by enacting sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin.