The CIA says that Russia deliberately interfered in the American election in order to help elect DonalTrump. Russian hackers broke into e-mails of both the Democratic and the Republican national committees, but turned over only the Democratic batch to Wikileaks. The correspondence between Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta and various Democratic operatives proved highly embarrassing to her campaign and likely cost her some votes.
Trump and his people are denying the Russian involvement–but how do they know? The CIA report doesn’t accuse the Trump campaign of collusion with the Russians. And there is nothing to deny the legitimacy of Trump’s election. I suspect the CIA has tried to help one candidate or the other in various foreign elections. But still. . . .
This casts a cloud on any attempts by the new administration to improve relations with Russia, which Trump has said he wants to do. Which is why, of course, the Putin regime wanted him to win. For other problems it creates, see this. The biggest issue, though, is that if a hostile foreign power can manipulate America’s democracy, we have a national security problem that the military can’t protect us from.