President Obama does an interview with Trevor Noah on the ‘Daily Show’ on Monday night. They discuss race, Russian hacking, and Obamacare.
Parts of Mr. President Obama’s discussion..
Obama also noted that Russia’s trying to influence elections goes back to the Soviet Union and that email hacking wasn’t especially fancy espionage. There is a bigger issue, he said. “What is it about the state of our democracy where the leaks of what were frankly not very interesting emails, that didn’t have any explosive information in them, ended up being an obsession? And the fact that the Russians were doing this was not an obsession?”
“The president-elect in some of his political events, specifically said to the Russians, ‘Hack Hillary’s emails so that we can finally find out what’s going on and confirm our conspiracy theories,’” Obama said, adding, “The real question that I think we all have to reflect on is what’s happened to our political system where some emails that were hacked and released ended up being the overwhelming story and the constant source of coverage, breathless coverage that was depicted as somehow damning in all sorts of ways — when the truth of the matter was it was fairly routine stuff.”
And as for President-elect Donald Trump recently stating that he doesn’t need daily intelligence briefings because he’s a “smart person,” Obama replied: “Well, I think the president-elect may say one thing and do another once he’s here, because the truth of the matter is that it’s a big, complicated world. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, you have to have the best information possible to make the best decisions possible.”