President Obama held a press conference on Friday before leaving for Hawaii for Christmas.1 The big topic, of course, was the intelligence reports of Russian election hacking and the CIA conclusion that the Russian hacking was designed to help elect Donald Trump. As for foreign hacking that could interfere with actual vote counting, I’ve already talked about how we can deal with that.
Trying to sound cool and calm, President Obama said:
“There have been folks out there who suggest somehow if we went out there and made big announcements and thumped our chests about a bunch of stuff, that somehow it would potentially spook the Russians. I think it doesn’t read the thought process in Russia very well.”