President Barack Obama claimed Friday that Russian interference in the U.S. election ended after he told Russian President Vladimir Putin in September to “cut it out.”
The Russian intrusion into the emails of Democratic National Committee staffers had happened before Obama met with Putin — and Obama said that he told the other world leader to make the cyberattacks stop.
Particularly, Obama was concerned that the Russians could hack into the actual election process itself and effect the outcome, but that didn’t happen, he added.
“In early September when I saw President Putin in China, I felt that the most effective way to ensure that that didn’t happen was to talk to him directly and tell him to cut it out and [that] there were going to be serious consequences if he didn’t,” Obama said at his end-of-the-year press conference Friday before heading to Hawaii for the holidays.
“And in fact, we did not see further tampering of the election process,” Obama said.