Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:24AM


President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news conference at Trump Tower on January 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by AFP)
President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news conference at Trump Tower on January 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by AFP)

US President-elect Donald Trump has conceded for the first time that Russia was behind the hacking of Democratic Party institutions during the presidential election, saying that not only Russia, but many other countries are hacking the US. He made the comments during his first press conference since July, which was dominated by questions about Moscow's cyber-attacks against US political organizations before the election.

A columnist and political scientist believes the discussion of Russia hacking into the US election is really just “a waste of time,” adding that it was the Republicans who were behind the electoral fraud.  

“As Americans, we do not have to look to Russia. We do not have to look at the Kremlin. We have to look to the Republicans and to the state of Kansas if we really want to understand the efforts that were used to sway this election, with voter fraud and voter suppression," Wilmer Leon told Press TV on Thursday.

"It was not the Kremlin; it was Kansas. It was not the Russians, it was the Republicans,” he added.

He also opined that US President-elect Donald Trump speaks in an “incredibly hyperbolic” manner, and that he always tries “to play both sides against the middle.”

Leon further denounced Trump’s press conference, arguing that he spent no time making the American electorate comfortable that he has learned something more than before.  

The analyst further said Trump must explain to the American people, specifically how he is going to implement his plan for job creation; otherwise there will be very little confidence in what he says.