Washington DC: US President Donald Trump has contradicted his own secretary of state, blaming China, and not Russia, for the cyber attacks that have shocked America.
Taking to twitter, Donald Trump wrote that the media was petrified of "discussing the possibility that it may be China!". He also downplayed the severity of the attack, saying that "it is far greater in fake news media than in actuality".
Earlier in the week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Mark Levine Show that it appeared that Russia was behind the attacks. On Friday, the White House also cancelled a statement it had prepared. No explanation of reason for cancelling the statement was provided by White House representatives.
The attack came to light last week when the media revealed that US energy, treasury, state and homeland security had been breached since at least 9 months in what officials have compared to "an act of war".
Democrats have criticised Trump for his prolonged silence on the matter while President-Elect Joe Biden has reiterated his stance of retaliation in case of cyber attacks.