CONFUSION: WH spokesman claims ‘China’ hacked election

Kyle Olson

Maybe two of America’s adversaries meddled in the presidential election — or maybe none at all.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest got confused during his daily briefing today and mistakenly said “China” was behind the election-related hacking.

“What I’ve tried to do is present object facts and I think the objective fact that’s relevant here is the intelligence community, a month before the election, came forward and presented a unanimous view, a high-confidence assessment, that China was engaged in malicious cyber activity to destabilize our political system,” Earnest said.

“You said China,” a reporter responded, “You meant…”

“I’m sorry, I meant Russia,” Earnest said, trying to hide a smirk. “Flipping back and forth between topics — tricky.”

The reporters in the briefing room laughed at Earnest.

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