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Trump expresses doubts about security of all computers

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    Melania Trump, right, looks on as her husband President-elect Donald Trump talks to reporters during a New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago.

PALM BEACH, Fla. >> President-elect Donald Trump says that “no computer is safe” when it comes to keeping information private, expressing new skepticism about the security of online communications his administration is likely to use for everything from day-to-day planning to international relations.

Trump rarely uses email or computers, despite his frequent tweeting.

“You know, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old-fashioned way. Because I’ll tell you what: No computer is safe,” Trump told reporters during his annual New Year’s Eve bash. “I don’t care what they say.”

Trump has repeatedly cast aside allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia tried to influence the presidential election through hacking. President Barack Obama earlier this week ordered sanctions on Russian spy agencies, closed two Russian compounds and expelled 35 diplomats the U.S. said were really spies. The Russian government has denied the allegations.

Trump, who has said that he plans to meet with intelligence officials next to week to learn more about the allegations, said he wants U.S. officials “to be sure because it’s a pretty serious charge.” He pointed to intelligence failures over the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before the U.S. invasion, and declared himself an expert in the area.

“I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove, so it could be somebody else,” he said.

He added, cryptically, that he also knows “things that other people don’t know. And so they cannot be sure of the situation.”

Trump made the comments during his annual New Year’s Eve bash at his Mar-a-Lago club. Hundreds of guests gathered in the club’s grand ballroom, including action star Sylvester Stallone and romance novel model Fabio. Reporters were invited to watch as guests arrived.

Earlier in the day, Trump ditched his press pool, traveling to play golf at one of his clubs without a pool of journalists on hand to ensure the public has knowledge of his whereabouts.

A member of Trump’s golf club in Jupiter, Florida, posted a photo on Twitter of Trump on the greens Saturday morning and said about 25 U.S. Secret Service agents accompanied the president-elect. Reporters had not been advised of the visit to the club.

Transition aide Stephanie Grisham confirmed that Trump had made a “last-minute trip” to Trump National Golf Club Jupiter, which is about a half-hour drive from Mar-a-Lago, where Trump has been spending the holidays. He returned to the estate at midafternoon.

Grisham said that she and other aides weren’t aware of the trip and “appreciate everyone’s understanding.”

“We are in the home stretch of this transition period and don’t anticipate any additional situations like this between now and inauguration,” she said in a statement.

Before he went golfing Saturday, Trump tweeted an unusual New Year’s message to friends and foes: “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!”

With the arrival of 2017, another New Year’s message moved on Trump’s Twitter account at about midnight.

This one was decidedly more upbeat, addressed to all Americans, and including an abbreviation for his campaign slogan: Make America Great Again.

“To all Americans- HappyNewYear & many blessings to you all! Looking forward to a wonderful & prosperous 2017 as we work together to #MAGA.”

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  • He tweets like a spoiled 12 year old.

    The real tragedy is that Mr.Trump is completely ignorant about subjects a President must know about. Like many of his supporters, he takes great pride in his ignorance and lack of knowledge. That, plus he’s a psychotic. There’s that too.

    • Give me a break. One doesn’t create a multi-billion dollar Worldwide business conglomerate without knowing a thing or two about international affairs. You sound butt hurt.

    • Your comments may or may not be true but you have to admit his old lady is smoking’ hot. I’ll bet that really chafes Slick Willie’s a$$. He’s got hot trophy wife envy for sure. Oh well, nothing a few more trips to orgy island can’t cure.

    • Well, actually I think that he is more or less correct.

      High level encrypting is pretty effective, but when it comes to hacking, if you are hooked up to the internet you are hackable.
      The security problem, like all other interesting software problems, is undecidable.
      This means there is no general purpose method for determining if a piece of software is nonhackable.
      This can be mathematically proved. Undergraduates learn a version of it.

      As for the AP statement:
      “allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia tried to influence the presidential election through hacking”
      If they are referring to the 13 page report from FBI/HS a few days ago,I read it and I do no think that the report says this.

      I am beginning to wonder if this is one of those great lies that people believe when it is repeated over and over and over.
      I understand there is a longer report coming out.
      Hopefully it will be more substantial and we will learn more facts (if there any).

      In any case, everyone is hacking everyone else is a safe place to start.
      The only real barrier is time and effort, the cost benefit for someone to do it.

  • “No computer is safe,” Trump told reporters during his annual New Year’s Eve bash. “I don’t care what they say.”
    This comment is endorsed by the entire DNC.

  • As a real-life Chauncey Gardiner prepares to invade the White House, the word of the year will be “anosognosia,” meaning a deficit of self-awareness or, to put it in terms exemplified by Trump, the orange bouffanted buffoon, being too stupid to know how stupid he is.

  • I wonder if he will be using a courier instead of e-mail/computers/phones? Just make sure the courier is not a spy or some other kind of agent, please. After he transmits his classified information, make sure the courier eats the paper. Very important to do.
    I’d like to know what he knows that other people don’t know. He should at least share this with his trusted staff people who might be working on this issue, yes?

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