>> President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday blasting the CIA, calling their conclusion, that Russia meddled in the 2016 election to help him, ridiculous. In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Trump saying, quote,"I think it's just another excuse. I don't believe it". It's the latest in a string of clashes between Trump and the intelligence community over Russia, which has become increasingly aggressive in Syria, Ukraine, and in cyberspace.
Deputy foreign policy editor Yara Bayoumy.>> Donald Trump's dismissal does suggest a very worrying trend here. A, not only because he is now publicly questioning the credibility of US intelligence reports of the CIA. But also, it does potentially put him on a collision course with a number of senior congressional leaders.
And presumably, maybe, among some of his picks for his national security team who do advocate a harsher stance on Russia.>> President Obama on Friday ordered a full review of the waves of cyber attacks blamed on the Kremlin, asking for a report before he leaves office. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill increasingly alarmed about Russian hacking.
On Sunday a bipartisan group of Senators, including John McCain and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, urging Congress to investigate, saying recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American. Even Republican representative Devin Nunes of California, a staunch Trump supporter and a member of his transition team, breaking with Trump saying Russia was involved.
A senior US intelligent official telling Reuters the CIA has quote, high confidence, that not only did Russia hack into Democratic Party servers, but did so to undermine Hillary Clinton. All this as Trump keeps the world in suspense over his pick for secretary of state, with a betting now on Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, who has close ties to Russia's Vladimir Putin, and met with Trump Saturday.
Trump tweeting praise for Tillerson, Sunday and adding, stay tuned.