Russian hacking claims: Biden tells Trump to ‘grow up’

US Vice-President Joe Biden has told President-elect Donald Trump to “grow up” and criticised his attacks on the intelligence community.

On Friday, Mr Trump will be briefed on allegations Russia meddled in November’s US presidential election.

But Mr Trump has cast doubt on claims of Russian involvement, and criticised the intelligence community in tweets.

Mr Biden said it was “absolutely mindless” for the president-elect not to have faith in intelligence agencies.

What Mr Biden said

“For a president not to have confidence in, not to be prepared to listen to, the myriad intelligence agencies, from defence intelligence to the CIA, is absolutely mindless,” he said in an interview with the PBS network.

“The idea that you may know more than the intelligence community knows – it’s like saying I know more about physics than my professor. I didn’t read the book, I just know I know more.”

When asked what he thought of Mr Trump’s regular attacks on Twitter, Mr Biden said: “Grow up Donald, grow up, time to be an adult, you’re president. Time to do something. Show us what you have.”

He went on to call Mr Trump “a good man”.

What the hacking allegations involve

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Gen Clapper (right) said Mr Putin’s “motivation” will be revealed in a report

Mr Biden said he had read a report by US intelligence agencies that outlined the extent of Russian involvement in the build-up to the US election.

Mr Trump is to be briefed on the report on Friday, and an unclassified version will be made public next week.

Mr Biden said the report clearly details “that the Russians did, as a matter of policy, attempt to affect and… discredit the US electoral process”.

He said the hacking was part of a systematic campaign to undermine Hillary Clinton, Mr Trump’s rival in the presidential race.

And he added that the hacking was far more widespread than had been suspected. Among those known to have been hacked were John Podesta, Mrs Clinton’s campaign manager, and the servers of the Democratic National Committee.

The documents were then published by the Wikileaks website.

On Thursday, the Director of National Intelligence, General James Clapper, told a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hack, and said the motive would be revealed next week.

Russia has denied involvement but the US has announced sanctions against Russian officials.

Source: BBC

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