President-elect Donald Trump has continued to stand strong against allegations that the Russian government had anything to do with rigging the presidential election and influencing his win over Hillary Clinton. This despite his direct plea with Russia during a press conference where Trump looked directly into the cameras and stated, “I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” Several days later, news broke of confidential emails being leaked about the DNC and key members of the party. Trump quickly denounced any involvement and continued to deny the link for nearly six months. As he inches closer to being sworn in as the 45th President, he was scheduled to get a full briefing on the CIA report concerning the findings of the Russian involvement earlier this week; however, the communication of that privileged information has now been pushed back to Friday.
Trump continues to doubt the findings and has taken the change of date as yet another point of victory for his stance, tweeting that the delay was “very strange.” He has also publicly echoed the message of Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, by tweeting: “‘a 14-year-old could have hacked Podesta’ – why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!” Now with the “very strange” last-minute delay of the CIA disseminating the information about the investigation, Trump continues to push his points against any involvement. But even when Trump gets the full picture of the findings will he share and acknowledge those findings? Or will he continue to turn a blind-eye and skirt over the topic? How Trump handles the information given and how he addresses the American people after learning about the investigation details will set the tone for the next four years.