According to the CIA, Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system.
Response from the Trump team?
"These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College Victories in history. It's now time to move on and 'Make America Great Again.'"
Maybe Trump should stop blowing off his daily intelligence briefings. Since the election, Trump reportedly has attended just four briefings.
You don't have to know all the facts to analyze a statement. Here, for example, the first thing you notice is Trump does not deny the CIA assessment. Instead, he starts with misdirection and changes the subject to Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction. He disparages various unnamed people who cannot respond. He then panders to his supporters and closes with his all-purpose slogan without addressing the merits. He shows no interest in learning the facts or doing anything in response to the claim.
Ask yourself: Who is the audience? What is the purpose of the communication? What does the statement tell you about Trump? What is he not saying?
Footnote. Look for Trump to use a combination of rhetorical devices and misleading statements in a single communication to further confuse the audience. The second sentence in the Trump response is a great example; it combines both misdirection and prevarication. Point of fact, eight of the last 12 presidential elections were decided by a larger electoral college victory than the Trump victory.
"Of course Donald Trump thinks it's 'ridiculous' to claim the Russians rigged the election for him. Even if Russian President Vladimir Putin confessed to the crime on the new channel Russian Today, Trump would not believe it, because to do so is not in his nautre. I do not want to shock the reader, but Trump has a very high opinion of himself and a tendency to reject evidence that contradicts that opinion, combined with an eagerness to find corroboration of his self-regard whereever possible." - Jonah Goldberg.