After Briefing From Intelligence Agencies, Trump Vows to Beef Up Cyber Security

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Jan 06, 2017 3:33 PM
After Briefing From Intelligence Agencies, Trump Vows to Beef Up Cyber Security

The long awaited meeting between President-elect Donald Trump and top officials from a number of U.S. intelligence agencies has concluded at Trump tower. In response to the meeting, Trump is vowing to beef up cyber security immediately upon taking office on January 20. 

"I had a constructive meeting and conversation with the leads of the Intelligence Community this afternoon. I have tremendous respect for the work and service done by the men and women of this community to our great nation," Trump said in a statement released after the meeting. "While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines. There were attempts to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had strong hacking defenses and the hackers were unsuccessful." 

"Whether it is our government, organizations, associations or business we need to aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks. I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office. The methods, tools and tactics we use to keep America safe should not be a public discussion that will benefit those who seek to do us harm. Two weeks from today I will take the oath of office and America's safety and security will be my number one priority."

Democrats have been arguing for months Russian hacking changed the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. U.S. intelligence shows vote totals were not changed.