Trump Tweets False Claim About Warnings of Russian Hacking

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US President-elect Donald Trump speaks during the USA Thank You Tour December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Dawn had barely broken Thursday when Donald Trump again spread via Twitter something provably false: that the White House had not raised an alarm about Russian interference in the presidential election until after Hillary Clinton’s defeat.

Trump himself had talked in September about accusations of Russian hacking, and again in October, after U.S. intelligence officials publicly accused Russians of complicity in purloining emails from Democratic organizations and officials. He talked about the hacking incessantly during the closing weeks of the campaign.

In a separate tweet Thursday, Trump accused the media of working “so hard to make my move to the White House, as it pertains to my business, so complex, when actually it isn’t.”

Except it was Trump and his team who canceled a long-planned Thursday news conference to explain how he’d handle his business while in office — citing the complexity of his company’s operations as the reason for the delay.

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