Psaki tells TikTok influencers Russia ‘hacked our election’ in 2016
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke with well-liked customers of the Chinese social media platform TikTok on Thursday, the place she claimed that the Russian authorities “hacked” the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
During a briefing for TikTok influencers about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Psaki famous that that in contrast to earlier diplomatic conflicts with Russia, the U.S. authorities has declassified info related to the general public.
“The finest antidote to disinformation is the reality. And one of many massive steps we have taken, and decided to make, is declassify info over the course of the final a number of months,” Psaki advised the group.
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“If you look again at 2014, and admittedly even 2016, when Russia invaded Ukraine after which in 2016, after they, you understand, in fact, hacked our election right here, we didn’t try this, we didn’t declassify info,” Psaki advised the group of influencers.
While Russian hackers have been behind the stealing of emails from Democratic officers like John Podesta, there is no such thing as a proof that they tampered with election outcomes as a part of the 2016 hacking spree.
Psaki was joined on the decision by an official from the National Security Council, who added to Psaki’s statements on Russian disinformation, saying that the Biden administration’s appropriate prediction that Ukraine can be invaded has given the White House extra credibility shifting ahead.
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“I feel we have now constructed up a little bit of credibility, we completely weren’t crying wolf right here. And each step we predicted the Russians have been going to take, they’ve taken,” the official mentioned.
“So hopefully that has helped lower down the credibility of their disinformation. But it’s nonetheless a day by day battle the place we’re continuously attempting to knock down issues they’re saying, accusations they’re making that don’t have any foundation in actual fact in any respect.”
A recording of the White House briefing was posted on-line by a Washington Post reporter.