NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump said Saturday that “only ‘stupid’ people or fools” would dismiss closer ties with Russia, and he seemed unswayed after his classified briefing on an intelligence report that accused Moscow of meddling on his behalf in the election that catapulted him to power.

“Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing,” Trump tweeted.

He added, “We have enough problems without yet another one,” and said Russians would respect “us far more” under his administration than they do with Barack Obama as president.

Trump repeatedly has questioned the assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies that the Kremlin interfered in the election, and a classified report presented to him Friday seemed to have little changed his thinking.

The report explicitly tied Vladimir Putin to election meddling and said that Moscow had a “clear preference” for Trump.

But Trump tweeted “Only ‘stupid’ people, or fools, would think that it is bad” to have a good relationship with Russia.

Even as intelligences officials looked back in their reports on the election, they also made a troublesome prediction: Russia isn’t done intruding in U.S. politics and policymaking.

Immediately after the Nov. 8 election, Russia began a “spear-phishing” campaign to try to trick prominent people into revealing their email passwords, the report said.

The report was the most detailed public account to date of Russian efforts to hack the email accounts of the Democratic National Committee and individual Democrats, among them Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta.


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