1. Wide shot from behind Obama speaking at news conference
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, US President:
"There hasn't been a lot of squabbling. What we've simply said is the facts, which are that based on uniform intelligence assessments, the Russians were responsible for hacking the DNC and that as a consequence, it is important for us to review all elements of that and make sure that we are preventing that kind of interferrence through cyber attacks in the future. That should be a bipartisan issue, that shouldn't be a partisan issue. And my hope is that the president-elect is going to similarly be concerned with making sure that we don't have potential foreign influence in our election process. I don't think any American wants that. And that shouldn't be a source of an argument. I think that part of the challenge is that it gets caught up in the carry over from election season. And I think it is very important for us to distinguish between the politics of the election and the need for us as a country, both from a national security perspective but also in terms of the integrity of our election system and our democracy to make sure that we don't create a political football here."
US President Barack Obama said Friday based on intelligence assessments, Russia was responsible for hacking into the Democratic National Committee email server, interfering in the presidential election with the goal of supporting Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Speaking at his end of year news conference, Obama defended his administration's handling of the situation and said such intrusions won't be tolerated.
The president said the issue of foreign hacking needs to be a bipartisan issue and he called on president-elect Trump to be "similarly be concerned with making sure that we don't have potential foreign influence in our election process."
Obama said it is very important for everyone to make sure the issue isn't turned into "a political football."