On Saturday, President-elect Donald Trump intimated that he is privy to secret information regarding the Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election, bragging to pool reporters, “I also know things that other people don’t know.”
Trump was attempting to dissuade others from concluding that Russia had indeed interfered; he asserted, “I just want them to be sure, because it’s a pretty serious charge, and I want them to be sure. If you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong.”
Trump is wrong about that. It took a decade, but even The New York Times admitted in 2015 that Saddam Hussein had possessed WMDs before he was deposed.
Trump continued, “And so I want them to be sure. I think it’s unfair if they don’t know. And I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.”
When he was queried as to what he knew, Trump answered, “You’ll find out on Tuesday or Wednesday.”
On Monday, though, incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer tried to minimize speculation about what Trump knows, saying on CNN’s New Day, “It’s not a question of necessarily revealing. He’s going to talk about his conclusions and where he thinks things stand. He’s not going to reveal anything that was privileged or was shared with him classified. I think he can share with people his conclusions of the report and his understanding of the situation and make sure people understand there’s a lot of questions out there.”
Spicer added, “The current president of the United states has not seen a final report. The intelligence community is talking about wrapping it up later this week … I think that the idea that we’re jumping to conclusions before we have a final report is frankly irresponsible . . . We are going to actually get all the information, get briefed properly and then make a decision. We’re not going to put the cart before the horse.”