President-elect Donald Trump signaled Thursday evening that it’s time for the country to move past the Russia hacking controversy — but he also said that he’d confer with intelligence officials next week.
“It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,” Trump said in a statement. “Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.”
Trump’s statement came after the White House detailed economic sanctions and other penalties aimed at Russian leaders. Administration officials and intelligence officials have alleged that Russia was behind hacks of email servers designed to help Trump defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The punitive measures target two Russian intelligence services, four intelligence officers and three companies that provide support to Russian cyber operations.
The administration is also expelling 35 Russian officials stationed either at the embassy in Washington or the consulate in San Francisco. Those officials and their families have 72 hours to leave the United States. A senior administration official signaled that covert retaliation also may be at play.
But the response could be derailed in weeks. Obama relied on executive actions, which Trump could countermand after he is sworn in as president on Jan. 20.