White House unloads on Trump over Russia hacking
WASHINGTON - The White House is sharply criticizing President-elect Donald Trump for his response to allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Trump should stop attacking the U.S. intelligence community. He says instead, Trump should be supporting the investigation into what occurred that President Barack Obama has ordered.
Trump's transition team has complained that the White House has suggested Trump knew during the campaign that Russia was trying to interfere. But Earnest says its "obvious" Trump knew and that it's a fact.
He's also disputing Trump's claim that he was joking when he encouraged Russia to find Hillary Clinton's emails. Earnest says nobody in the White House, Congress or the intelligence community found it "funny" that a U.S. adversary was trying to "destabilize our democracy."