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Biden blames Trump for cyberattack, says it can't go unanswered

Biden blames Trump for cyberattack, says it can't go unanswered

President Donald Trump at the White House Oval Office.

The message came from the White House Management Office and included instructions to staff to remove their stuff from their workspaces, "clean their refrigerator and microwave", and return all White House stamped stationery.

The moment was also a flashback to the start of Trump's political career, when he delivered direct assaults on GOP leadership and the party's establishment.

Biden blamed the Trump administration for having "failed to prioritize cybersecurity" during its four years in power. He has ignored the surging pandemic that is killing 3,000 Americans a day, and has mostly left it to others to promote vaccines being counted on to bring it to an end. "This president hasn't even identified who is responsible yet". Up until the president's departure, aides were unsure whether he would cancel the trip, adding uncertainty to a tired, hollowed-out West Wing featuring scores of empty desks as staffers begin leaving for new jobs. And while the White House was fully aware of the contents of the bill & what was agreed on, White House officials have confirmed the President hadn't received a detailed briefing on the package before it passed.

Donald Trump maintains he won November's USA election.

Seventy-eight percent of Republicans think Biden was not legitimately elected president.

Biden invoked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Bill Barr confirming the attack came from Russian Federation, and said the current administration "needs to make an official attribution".

In any case, the loyalty of the Secret Service and the armed forces will be with Biden as of January 20, and although the military, as stated, will have no role in the scenario of Trump clinging to the White House, a former Secret Service agent told The Daily Beast that if the then former president Trump is reluctant to leave, his presence in the White House would be illegal and therefore he would be "escorted" to the street.

News of the public opinion on Biden's election win comes after the president and his allies have repeatedly questioned the validity of the 2020 presidential election, claiming that it was subject to widespread voter fraud. But the timing of his declarations is particularly problematic for the party, given the upcoming Senate runoffs in Georgia, which will determine whether Republicans can keep control of the chamber.

President Donald Trump might have torpedoed the most recent attempt from Congress to avoid a government shutdown.

But now sequestered in near-isolation in the White House, Trump has paid attention to attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, both promoting election conspiracy theories, and listened to his former national security adviser Michael Flynn's push to declare martial law.

So far officials have said the hackers broke into computers at the State Department, Commerce Department, Treasury, Homeland Security Department, and the National Institutes of Health. Trump aired a number of grievances on the video - a lot of them actually unrelated to COVID-19 relief - and demanded an amendment to the bill from Congress. It potentially sets up the first override vote of his presidency.