The president-elect took the extraordinary step of declaring on Twitter that the Kremlin was behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and other groups during the 2016 election.
“It’s time for a new direction for our nation.
Our democracy needs a new leader and it needs a fresh approach,” Trump said in a series of tweets.”
Our democracy needs leaders that will be prepared to put America first, not afraid to stand up to our enemies, and stand up for our values.
It needs a leader who will put our country first.
And it needs leaders who will stand up against the radical Islam that is taking over our country.
It is time for the new direction.
It’s time to get tough.
It may take a little time, but it will be worth it,” he added.
The US intelligence community has concluded that Russia’s efforts to interfere in the election were part of a wider effort to undermine confidence in the US democratic process.
Trump has repeatedly dismissed claims of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race as an “artificial” attack.
But his assertion that Russia was behind his election win has drawn criticism from Democrats and members of his own party.
Some Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, have also warned that Trump has an obligation to explain the US’s involvement in the cyberattacks.
“We don’t know who the sources are,” Obama said in an interview with CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday.
We have to make sure that we don’t overreact.”
Trump, who is also expected to nominate former Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke to head the State Department, on Tuesday told ABC News he would be open to an inquiry into the cyberattack.
“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done.
There’s a whole lot of stuff that needs doing,” Trump told ABC’s This Week.
The White House has said Trump and Trump’s transition team will be briefed on the findings of the US intelligence report on the hack shortly after it is released.