Trump Links Cyberattack To China

By Claire Hardwick

Despite Secretary of State Mike Pompeo linking the cyberattack on the US government to Russia, President Trump made sure to correct his secretary. In a series of tweets today, President Trump not only linked the cyberattacks to Russia, but found a way to also link it to the alleged election fraud that cost him the election. 

In what has been called the Pearl Harbor of cyberattacks, experts have said it is unknown, and may never be known, the extent to which government and confidential documents were breached by a foreign power. But Trump, who has been suspiciously consistent in failing to call out Russia for any misdemeanors, seems to want to distance the connection to Russia. This refusal, while it may be merited, has just put gasoline on the Russia connection that has been a shadow throughout the Trump administration. 

In a series of tweets, Trump wrote, “The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality. I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control. Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of….”

“….discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!). There could also have been a hit on our ridiculous voting machines during the election, which is now obvious that I won big, making it an even more corrupted embarrassment for the USA.”

Why this matters: The attack has come to light in a very coincidental time to Trump’s messaging about election security, and especially, his claims that the election machines were hacked. As Russia has continued to use the typical spy playbook of sewing discord within a country, if it is the country, they have poured a lot of fuel into the general anxiety in the country. Trump seems to downplay the cyberattack, but has been adamant about the attack on the election. The two events have happened suspiciously close to each other, and it should be noted by every American when thinking about the future of this country, and the defense that is needed to secure our government’s stability and structure.