US President Donald Trump admitted that in 2018 he approved a cyber attack against the Russian Internet Research Agency. He confirmed the information in an interview with one of The Washington Post columnists Mark Thyssen.
Trump, according to him, acted on the basis of intelligence about Russian interference attributed to the 2016 US elections. He said the United States “stopped it.”
According to the American leader, the cyber attack was part of a wider response to Russia around the world. Trump believes that no one acted tougher against Russia than he did, and suggested that “30 different examples” be given. So, he said that he sent Ukraine a huge amount of military equipment in contrast to the former US President Barack Obama, who, according to him, did not send anything. He also noted that he made the United States “the number one oil producing country in the world,” which is “bad for Russia.”
As an example of the measures he had taken against Russia, he recalled putting pressure on Germany to prevent the completion of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.
Trump also said that his predecessor, Barack Obama, knew about the “Russian manipulations” before the election. “Or they told him. So or not, who knows? And he said nothing. And the reason he said nothing was because he didn’t want to get into it, thinking that [Hillary Clinton] was winning, ”the president said.
Trump so far has never confirmed the fact of a cyber attack in 2018.
In April 2019, U.S. Attorney General Robert Muller published a report on Russia’s intervention in the 2016 presidential election, in which Donald Trump won. It says that Moscow did intervene in the American electoral process, but it was not possible to confirm the existing suspicions about the connection between the Russian side and Trump.
Investigators claimed that the Internet Research Agency was fueling protests among Americans, and Russian hackers associated with the GRU hacked several mailboxes of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s headquarters. The Washington Federal Court later ruled that the connection between the “troll factory” and the Kremlin has not been proven.