This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the outgoing Obama administration:
- Sanctions against Russia are part of sweeping punishments announced by Obama administration
- Trump claims credit for Sprint and OneWeb job announcements
- John Kerry defends Obama's support for Israel, calls for resumption of Mideast talks
- The Times assesses Kerry's legacy
- Obama and Japan's Shinzo Abe tour memorial of Pearl Harbor attack
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Dawn had barely broken Thursday when Donald Trump again spread via Twitter something provably false: that the White House had not raised an alarm about Russian interference in the presidential election until after Hillary Clinton’s defeat.
Trump himself had talked in September about accusations of Russian hacking, and again in October, after U.S. intelligence officials publicly accused Russians of complicity in purloining emails from Democratic organizations and officials. He talked about the hacking incessantly during the closing weeks of the campaign.
In a separate tweet Thursday, Trump accused the media of working “so hard to make my move to the White House, as it pertains to my business, so complex, when actually it isn’t.”
Except it was Trump and his team who canceled a long-planned Thursday news conference to explain how he’d handle his business while in office — citing the complexity of his company’s operations as the reason for the delay.
Trump’s tweet marked the second time in four days that he has asserted falsely that the government did not say anything in public about the Russian hacking until after the election.
His intent seemed to be framing concerns about Russian intervention in the election as an effort to delegitimize his election. Many of those alarmed about the foreign government's actions — a group that includes Republicans — have said there’s no indication the intervention cost Hillary Clinton the White House.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller returned to that theme Thursday when asked about Trump’s tweets earlier in the day
“Well, I'd let the president-elect's tweets speak for themselves,” he said. “I'd say the continued efforts to try to delegitimize the election at certain point — certain point got to realize that the election from last month is going to stand, whether it's the recount or continued questions along this line, and we're moving ahead and put together successful administration that's ready to go to work serving the American people.”
Trump also turned to Twitter on Thursday for another frequent practice: retribution. His recent slighting of Boeing’s Air Force One contract came shortly after a Boeing official questioned his trade policy.
Shortly after Vanity Fair magazine published a negative review of Trump’s restaurant, he let loose with criticism of its longtime editor and its financial future.
“Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of Vanity Fair Magazine,” Trump wrote. “Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!”