Russia would have had no reason to want Donald Trump to win the presidency over Hillary Clinton, as he'll prove to be a much tougher leader, incoming White House counsel Kellyanne Conway said Friday.
"Why would Russia want Donald Trump to win the presidency?" Conway said during an interview with Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.
"Donald Trump is going to increase the defense budget. He is going to modernize our nuclear capability. He wants to explore oil and gas. All of that hurts Russia and emboldens America first."
Trump is to receive an intelligence briefing on Friday concerning hacking activities that came into play during the presidential election, but some information has already been leaked to the media, and that is a problem, Conway said.
"CIA officials were invited to a House Intelligence Committee, closed-door meeting a few weeks ago and didn't go," Conway said. "Some of them are leaking to the media instead. Let's be fair, President [Barack] Obama himself received the final report yesterday or this week."
However, Obama chose to expel 35 Russian operatives last week, before getting the final report, Conway pointed out, and he was weak when telling Russian President Vladimir Putin over the summer to "knock it off."
"[That's what] I tell my kids arguing in the minivan, knock it off," said Conway. "People will look back at President Obama's legacy vis-a-vis Vladimir Putin, and they will not actually say, 'there was a tough guy.'"
Conway also addressed Trump's use of Twitter to communicate with Americans, saying he "makes it work."
One of the tweets, Friday morning, where Trump said Mexico would repay the United States for building a wall along its border, was "important," said Conway.
"It's obviously a centerpiece of Donald Trump's successful campaign that 'I will build the wall and have Mexico pay for it,'" Conway said.
"That hasn't changed. Congress is examining ways the wall paid for through their auspices. The president-elect is making the point that he will have Mexico pay it back."
Such tweets do come directly from Trump, said Conway, "whether he is the one typing them out usually the case or one of us doing on his behalf because he is the president. This is way he communicates and connects directly with the American people."
She said she expect he'll keep tweeting once he's sworn in, because it allows him to directly communicate with the public.
"This is the democratization of presidential information and we should be happy in that regard. You don't have to be some fat cat donor or some, well-compensated, properly compensated anchor on a major cable network to get the information," said Conway.
"We all get it at same time. That is democracy."
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