Donald Trump has done something completely unprecedented

Louis Dor
Wednesday 04 January 2017 12:45
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If you were worried that Donald Trump's grasp of international politics was sketchy, this may do nothing to assuage your fears.

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday morning:

Julian Assuage said 'a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta" - why was DNC so careless? Also said it was not the Russians who gave info.

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We assumed he's referring to the fugitive Julian Assange, the co-founder of Wikileaks.

He later confirmed this suspicion by deleting the tweet, replacing it with the below:

It's thought to be the first time that Donald Trump has corrected a tweet for spelling.

Wikileaks published leaked emails over the summer between leading Democrats, including from the account of Hillary Clinton campaign, John Podesta.

In December the FBI and James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, were revealed to have agreed with the CIA's assessment that Russia interfered with the election and helped Donald Trump to the White House.

Mr Assange has previously claimed in an interview with RT, the Russian state-funded media channel, that Moscow was not the source of the emails.

Donald Trump has regularly tweeted in praise of Vladimir Putin, often criticising president Barack Obama's approach to Russia in the same breath - suggesting he may be far more sympathetic to Russian interests than the previous president.

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