Ever since Donald Trump pulled off one of the biggest political upsets in history by defeating Hillary Clinton, critics have continued to wonder how it happened. Since the CIA revealed that Russia hacked the election in favor of Trump, the president-elect has denied any wrongdoing, though many are not convinced.

Trump on Clinton

After Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination last summer, he turned his attention to Hillary Clinton and amped up his criticism in the process. Along with Trump and his supporters, Wikileaks contributed to the attack on Clinton by sporadically revealing private emails from campaign chair John Podesta.

While Wikileaks has not revealed the source of the original hack, the CIA's secret investigation points to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. As seen on his offical Twitter account on November 23, Trump has continued his praise of the Russian leader.

It was just two weeks ago that the CIA released their report's finding, which was soon backed up by the FBI and the White House.

In addition to Donald Trump and his transition team openly questioning the CIA's report, Russia has also pushed back. Trump and Putin appear to be on the same page, directing blaming Hillary Clinton, saying that the former Secretary of State should take personal responsibility for her loss, instead of blaming others. In a tweet sent out on Friday night, Trump quoted the Kremlin leader in an attack on Clinton.

"Vladimir Putin said today about Hillary and Dems: "In my opinion, it is humiliating. One must be able to lose with dignity," Donald Trump tweeted, before adding, "So true!" This isn't the first time that the billionaire real estate mogul has praised and quoted Putin, as Trump has often spoken highly of the Russian president since the start of his campaign.

Moving forward

Days after it was revealed that Russia hacked the presidential election, NBC News reported that Vladimir Putin was "personally" involved in the hacking, due to a "vendetta" against Hillary Clinton. While it's unknown what the future holds for Trump, Putin, and the relationship between the two countries, it's expected that critics will remain vigilant. The former host of "The Apprentice" is set to be sworn in as president on January 20.

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