Trump admits for the first time that the United States launched a cyber-attack against Russia and announces his intention not to perpetuate the trade agreement with China and stresses that relations with Beijing have been severely damaged due to the Coronavirus epidemic.
The US President Donald Trump confirmed on Friday for the first time that the United States launched a cyber-attack against Russia’s Internet Research Agency in 2018.
US officials have blamed the Russian agency for meddling in the 2016 presidential and mid-term elections in 2018.
Trump replied to a question if America launched an attack on the Russian Internet Research Agency during an interview with Mark Thiessen from the “Washington Post” newspaper, “This is correct”.
The Washington Post wrote in 2019 about the U.S. attack that prevented the agency from accessing the Internet, but Trump did not confirm US involvement.
Trump criticized former President Obama for not doing enough to combat intervention before the start of the 2016 elections.
Trump said: Obama knew that Russia was messing around with someone or someone had told him that, whether or not, who knows?
He did not say anything.
“The reason behind his silence is because he believed that Hillary Clinton would have won after he had spoofed polls,” the president said.
In Trump’s opinion, Obama responded to the intervention after it happened, through sanctions against the Russians and the Russian agencies involved, and expelled dozens of diplomats from the country.
It is noteworthy that Washington has repeatedly accused Russia of interfering in the US presidential elections that took place in 2016, through organized piracy operations through social networks, while Moscow denied these allegations, stressing that it was not involved in such operations.
In another context, Trump announced that he is not considering for the time being the second stage of the trade agreement with China.
He told reporters during his visit to Florida to visit the US Southern Command, on Friday, that the relations between his country and Beijing were “very damaged”.
In response to a question about the possibility of a second round of trade agreement between Washington and Beijing, Trump said: I am not thinking about that now.
He continued: the relationship with China was severely damaged; They could stop the epidemic, they could do that, but they didn’t.
They only prevented his spread from Wuhan to other parts of China”.
“Frankly, there are many other things in my mind,” he said, without elaborating.
The United States and China signed the first phase of the trade agreement in mid-January, which represented a significant turning point after more than two and a half years of trade war between the two countries.
It is noteworthy that after the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic around the world, relations worsened between Washington and Beijing, in light of Trump’s accusation that it was she who allowed the spread of the virus that first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
The United States is the country most affected by the virus, with more than 3.1 million infections recorded so far, as well as more than 133 thousand and 500 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.