The president and his allies are claiming Russia was responsible for hacking Democratic Party emails.
They say they believe the attack was meant to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
The president tweeted Monday morning that “this was a massive hack.
A massive, devastating hack.
It was a deliberate attempt by Russia to interfere with our election.
And it was a very smart thing to do.”
The president’s tweet followed the publication of an interview with Axios published Friday, in which he was asked about the Russia allegations.
He said he believes the Russians were behind the hack, adding that he “completely” believes the claim.
The interview also aired on Sunday, with Trump describing his conversations with President Vladimir Putin during the 2016 campaign as “very good.”
The interview with President Donald Trump on “The O’Reilly Factor” on April 11, 2018.
AP The president has not publicly mentioned the president’s claims, but has repeatedly suggested he does not believe Putin personally, saying the Kremlin is “very smart” and “very cunning.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The White Houses office of cybersecurity and public affairs did not respond to questions about the president tweeting the information from Axios.
Trump’s claims also echo comments made in an interview published Friday by Axios with a former National Security Council official.
In the interview, former NSC chief of staff Michael Flynn also claimed that Russian intelligence was behind the DNC hacks, a claim Trump has repeatedly denied.
The former intelligence official told Axios the intelligence community had not identified Russia as the source of the hacking.
Trump and his supporters have dismissed Flynn’s claims as unfounded, with Axio reporting that Trump had “repeatedly dismissed” the report.
Axios reported that the former national security official told Trump that “a senior official in the intelligence world had told him that there was no evidence of Russian involvement in the DNC hack.”
A senior intelligence official was also quoted as saying Flynn told him he believed the hacking was a “mistake.”
“He told me that it was not Russian,” the former official said.
“The idea that the Russians are behind it is just wrong.”