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Post by Ben Reilly on Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:13 am

President-elect Donald Trump's White House win inspired celebration among top Russian officials, according to a new report.

U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted the joyous Russian communications after Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton, The Washington Post reports.

“The Russians felt pretty good about what happened on Nov. 8 and they also felt pretty good about what they did,” a senior U.S. official told the newspaper, referencing Russian attempts at meddling in last year’s presidential race.

U.S. officials declined to tell the Post whether the intercepted communications were included in a classified report President Obama received earlier Thursday.

Obama requested a full review of Russia’s intrusions in the 2016 race from intelligence agencies before he leaves office later this month.

U.S. officials told the Post that Russian communications displayed Moscow’s clear preference for a Trump victory last November.

The intercepted chatter does not conclusively prove Russian intelligence agencies tried creating that outcome, they added.

“There are a variety of different exhibits that make the case, different factors that have provided the intelligence community with high confidence,” a second senior U.S. official said of the belief Russia wanted a Trump White House.

http://thehill.com/policy/international/russia/312961-us-caught-russian-officials-cheering-trump-win-report

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