President-elect Donald Trump suggested Saturday night that important sensitive messages should not be sent over the Internet but via courier instead.
Trump himself, according to past reports, does not often uses email or computers, though he tweets frequently. “I don’t do the email thing,” Trump said in a 2007 deposition, according to The New York Times.
When asked by reporters about how his administration plans to handle cyber security, Trump responded, “It’s very important, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old fashioned way because I’ll tell you what, no computer is safe. I don’t care what they say, no computer is safe. I have a boy who’s ten years old, he can do anything with a computer. You want something to really go without detection, write it out and have it sent by courier.”
Trump made the remark after explaining to reporters why he doubted intelligence agency analysis regarding the idea that Russia tampered with the presidential election by hacking activity on the Internet.
The President-elect spoke to reporters at his Palm Beach Florida Mar-a-Lago club as hundreds of guests gathered in the club’s grand ballroom for a New Years Eve party. Guests included film action star Sylvester Stallone and romance novel cover model Fabio.
“Well, I just want them to be sure, because it’s a pretty serious charge, and I want them to be sure. And if you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong. And so I want them to be sure. I think it’s unfair if they don’t know,” Trump explained.
“And I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation,” he said, later noting that he would reveal what he knows that others don’t know “Tuesday or Wednesday.”
Trump is scheduled to talk with intelligence officials in this week to learn more about the hacking allegations and plans to ask “normal questions” as well.
“Everything’s going to work out very well. Hopefully we’re going to have great relationships with many countries, it includes Russia and it includes China,“ Trump said.