President Obama Warns Russia Over Hacking: Don’t ‘Do This To Us Because We Can Do Stuff to You’

Source: Time

President Obama sent a warning to Russia and any other countries looking to engage in cyberattacks against the U.S. during his final press conference from of 2016 on Friday.

“Our goal continues to be to send a clear message to Russia or others not do this to us because we can do stuff to you,” he said from the podium in the White House Press Briefing room.

The president also defended the White House’s response to the Russian hacking during the 2016 election, saying he did so to protect the integrity of the election. “I wanted to make sure that every body understood that we were playing this thing straight,” Obama said. “Imagine if we had done the opposite. It would have immediately become one more political scrum.”

He added: “When I look back in terms of how we handled it. I think we handled it the way it should have been handled,” he said. In part, the president blamed the media for jumping on the news of the leaks, saying that soul-searching needed to be done all around. “This was an obsession that dominated the news coverage,” he said.

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