Common base Andrews
Prince George’s County, Maryland
3:15 p.m. EDT
Q Mr. President, does it make sense to attack the servers that are being used in Russia to –
THE PRESIDENT: (Inaudible)
Q Does it make sense to attack the servers used for these ransom attacks in Russia?
THE PRESIDENT: To attack them?
F Well –
THE PRESIDENT: Well what happened was there was a company that – I mean, they weren’t specifically targeting servers; They attacked companies.
Q I mean the US answer. So far, the US response has been to apply sanctions – impose sanctions on Russia for this malicious activity. Does it make sense for the US to go one step further and attack the servers actually used?
THE PRESIDENT: Yes.
Q Sir, what are the consequences for Putin if he doesn’t crack down on cyberattacks?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, we have set up a committee – a joint committee. They meet on the 16th I think. And I think we’ll get some cooperation.
Q Mr. President, what do you expect from President Putin (inaudible) – what do you expect from him? What kind of actions are these?
THE PRESIDENT: It is not appropriate to say what I now expect of him. But we will see.
3:17 p.m. EDT