>> President Obama on Friday saying he confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin in September about Moscow's effort to influence the US Presidential Election.>> I felt that the most effective way to ensure that that didn't happen was to talk to him directly. And tell him to cut it out.
There were going to be some serious consequences if he didn't. And in fact, we did not see further tampering of the election process.>> Obama's remarks come after three officials told Reuters that Putin did intend to help Donald Trump. Senior government official also saying on Friday that the FBI has said it backs the CIA assessment that Russia intervened to help Trump win.
The FBI had originally declined to endorse the CIA's conclusion. But Reuters cybersecurity correspondent Dustin Volz says the hacks had a more general focus at first.>> There are a variety of theories about why Vladimir Putin wanted to hack the US election. Hillary Clinton herself came out today and said that she believes that a personal beef between her and Putin, going back to her time as Secretary of State, was really the motivating factor for Putin here.
When she was Secretary of State, Clinton sort of cast doubt on the results of an election in Russia. And Putin always sort of viewed that as slight ever since.>> One official telling Reuters that the hacking became an effort to help Trump's campaign because quote Putin believed he would be much friendlier to Russia especially on the matter of economic sanctions.
On Tuesday, the president elect officially made his pick for Secretary of State, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who has been a vocal opponent of those trade sanctions imposed on Russia.>> Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.>> Us intelligence agencies conclusion that Russia interfered with the election has angered Trump who says he won the vote fairly.
Russian officials have denied the accusations of tampering in the US election.