Vladimir Putin reportedly told Donald Trump that if Russian hackers had infiltrated Democratic groups, they would have been too good to have been detected. And now the President is making the same claims, the White House has admitted.
According to the New York Times, Mr Putin told the US President during their G20 meeting that “Moscow’s cyber operators are so good at covert computer-network operations that if they had dipped into the Democratic National Committee’s systems, they would not have been caught.”
It is unclear when the was made, but the two leaders held an official meeting over two hours with just two translators, foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson present.
It was later reported that Mr Trump and Mr Putin for an additional hour during a G20 state dinner after the official meeting. Mr Lavrov said given the nature of such a summit, they could have met several more times informally.
Since then Mr Trump has shared the claims on Russia’s hacking capabilities with his team, his communications director Anthony Scaramucci said.
During a CNN interview on Sunday, Mr Scaramucci told Jake Tapper that “someone” had told him Russian hackers were too good to be detected. “You know, somebody said to me yesterday — I won’t tell you who — that if the Russians actually hacked this situation and spilled out those e-mails, you would have never seen it,” Mr Scaramucci told Mr Tapper.
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“You would have never had any evidence of them, meaning that they’re super confident in their deception skills and hacking.”
When Mr Tapper questioned who his source was, Mr Scaramucci admitted that it was Mr Trump.
“How about it was — how about it was the President, Jake?” Mr Scaramucci said. “I talked to him yesterday. He called me from Air Force One. And he basically said to me, ‘Hey, you know, this is – maybe they did…