Trump's incoming press secretary: 'Zero evidence' of Russia influencing US election

On Thursday, the Obama administration announced various measures it is taking against Russia for its alleged attempt to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Sean Spicer, who will serve as the press secretary for the Trump administration, was asked about Democrats getting hacked and Russia's meddling in the election.

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In a Monday morning appearance on "Fox & Friends," he asserted, "Whether or not they were hacked, and [Russians] did anything, is a completely different story. The way the mainstream media is playing this up is that [Russia] had an influence in the election. There is zero evidence that they actually influenced the election."

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On Sunday, Spicer questioned the "magnitude" of the Obama administration's actions against Russia, saying on ABC's "This Week," "I think one of the questions that we have is, 'Why the magnitude of this?' I mean you look at 35 people being expelled, two sites being closed down, the question is, is that response in proportion to the actions taken?"

While talking to reporters on New Year's Eve, Donald Trump continued to express his doubt about Russia's role, notes the Huffington Post.

Trump said, in part, "...hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don't know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation."