The billionaire Republican released a statement shortly after a meeting with intelligence officials from the CIA, FBI and NSA, and following the release of a declassified report which claimed Vladimir Putin personally ordered a cyber campaign to influence the vote in Trump’s favour.
“While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organisations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election,” the statement read.
Mr Trump then posted a series of trademark stream-of-consciousness tweets, first accusing the Democrats of ‘gross negligence’ for allowing their computers to be hacked, before reiterating that there was no evidence of hacking effecting the election result.
Mr Trump tweeted: “Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Only “stupid” people, or fools, would think that it is bad!
“We have enough problems around the world without yet another one. When I am President, Russia will respect us far more than they do now and both countries will, perhaps, work together to solve some of the many great and pressing problems and issues of the WORLD!”
In the declassified intelligence report, intelligence officials said they were “confident” Mr Putin sought to undermine the democratic process and denigrate Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton.
US intelligence officials say Mr Putin ordered a cyber campaign to help Trump win