This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," January 6, 2017. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: This is a "Fox News Alert," the FBI holding a press conference on the Florida airport shooting rampage. We go there right now to the presser.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ... number of individuals that evacuated out of the terminal onto the apron areas. We've been working most of the day to make sure that everybody was obviously safe and secure. Once we received that word from our law enforcement partners, we've been in the process of either transporting those individuals over to Port Everglades, terminal 4. We've had dozens and dozens of buses transporting what we anticipate or expect to be somewhere in the neighborhood of about 10,000 folks over to Port Everglades.
Broward County staff, as well as the Red Cross, are over there to assist those passengers in either getting them to their destination, assisting with hotel accommodations, providing them food and shelter.
Through this evening, we're going to continue to work with our law enforcement partners here as we continue to try to get the airport back into an operational status, working with all our airlines, the Transportation Security Administration and others to try to get the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport back in operation tomorrow morning.
The goal will be to have us operational at 0500, 5:00 AM tomorrow morning, but we're going to be encouraging all our travelers to check with their individual airlines, as some may not be operating right away. Clearly, this incident has caused a lot of disruption not only in their individual schedules but other schedules around the country. So we encourage everybody to actually contact their airlines.
We will continue to provide information through social media, through Twitter @fllflyer, through our Web page, and we encourage people to keep checking those sources for any changes.
That's all I have for the time being.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Good evening. As the sheriff mentioned, the FBI is working very, very closely with the Broward sheriff's office in this investigation.
We have begun the difficult task of processing the crime scene, which will allow us to identify the deceased and making the proper notification to the family members.
As you can imagine, with this type of investigation and this type of incident, it is a long-term, very difficult, complex investigation that requires us to pursue all leads and avenues. We are conducting an investigation not only here in south Florida, but in several other states as we try to pursue the suspect's activities leading up to today's horrific incident.
The subject is in federal because this my custody. As the sheriff mentioned, a long interview was conducted of the individual by the FBI and Broward sheriff's office. And he will be charged federally and most likely will have his initial appearance in Broward on Monday.
Again, as I mentioned, with these types of incidents, as horrific as they are, we are looking at all avenues. We have not ruled out terrorism, and we will be pursuing every angle to try to determine the motive behind this attack and any associates, any connections, communication, anything that you can imagine. I assure you, we are pursuing every possible lead. Thank you.
QUESTION: (INAUDIBLE) flight from Anchorage and then to Minneapolis and then to here?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, the individual flew from Alaska to Minneapolis to Fort Lauderdale on a Delta Airlines flight.
QUESTION: Why was he coming here?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: At this time, it's still too early in the investigation for us to truly know why he came to Florida. So those are some of the things that we're looking at, his travel patterns, what brought him here, and his connections to south Florida.
QUESTION: (INAUDIBLE) Alaska. Were those agents (INAUDIBLE) was anything done to take those away from him?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. The individual did walk into our Anchorage office in November. He came in and spoke with FBI agents. At that time, he clearly stated that he did not intend to harm anyone. However, his erratic behavior concerned FBI agents that were interviewing him, and they contacted local police and turned him over to the local police.
He was taken into custody by the local police and transferred to a medical facility for a mental health evaluation. We looked at his contacts. We looked at -- we did our interagency checks and everything. And at that point, we closed our session.
QUESTION: (INAUDIBLE) Did you guys know that he had firearms on him?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That answer, I -- or that question, I really don't have the answers for. Again, it's very early in the investigation. We are working very closely with our Anchorage field office trying to determine his activities there. But I can't really tell you about his weapons there.
QUESTION: ... he voluntarily walked up to the FBI office in Anchorage?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, he voluntarily walked into our office, and he was interviewed by agents out of that office.
QUESTION: And how long was he in the mental health facility in Anchorage?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That information I don't have. Again, it's very early in the investigation. And that's something that we'll will have to determine with our Anchorage field office. He was turned over to local custody. And it was the local custody that took him to the medical hospital for evaluation.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you guys looking into how he (INAUDIBLE) in Anchorage right now?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're actually looking at several investigative leads not only in Alaska but in other states that we have determined that he's either traveled to or has connections there.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm not aware of any type of incident like that. But again, this is very early in the investigation, but at this point, we're unaware of an incident either on the flight or at baggage claim.
QUESTION: Is there any indication that he had become radicalized in any way? We know he mentioned some kind of hearing voices in his head (INAUDIBLE)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Again, it's very early in the investigation. As I mentioned, we're not ruling out anything. We're looking at every angle, including the terrorism angle. But it's going to take us some time to determine the true nature of the motivation of the individual.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I believe he is 26 years old. He was in the U.S. military. We are currently reviewing his military records. I can tell you that he was in the military. I believe it was in the Army, but we haven't confirmed exactly his service.
QUESTION: What type of (INAUDIBLE) and how many shots fired?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What I can tell you at this point is that it was a semi-auto handgun. But I'm not prepared to release the type of handgun, and it's way too early in the investigation to tell you how many rounds were fired.
QUESTION: Did he try to take hostages in the shooting?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, he didn't try to take any hostages as the subject, Esteban Santiago, was shooting. He was, as I said, seconds after the shootings, contacted by a Broward sheriff's deputy. Instructions were rendered. He was taken into custody without incident and was immediately interviewed by the FBI and the Broward sheriff's office.
One more question.
QUESTION: Sheriff, did he make any statement while he was shooting that you're aware of?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Not to my knowledge. (INAUDIBLE) will be getting into touch and letting you know when the next press release will be, press conference will be, when we're ready to release more information.
Right now, I just ask that the prayers of a nation be with the people and the families that lost loved ones in Broward County.
HANNITY: All right, that is a news conference of the Florida airport shooting from earlier today, of course. They said they did not rule out terrorism up to this point. Five were killed, eight others injured, and as they just said, we -- our thoughts and prayers go out to all of them.
Now, my "Opening Monologue" tonight on the Russian hacking is coming up in just a minute. But first, for the very latest on the shooter, we go to Jennifer Griffin. She's in D.C. tonight.
Jennifer, what do you have?
JENNIFER GRIFFIN, FOX CORRESPONDENT: Well, Sean, it's notable that federal law enforcement agents said that he had cooperated, the alleged shooter had cooperated, and they had conducted a long interview with him today.
Law enforcement sources who I spoke to tonight tell me that Private First Class Esteban Santiago Ruiz (ph) was investigated a few times for various infractions by various law enforcement agencies, at least twice, I'm told, by Army CID, the Criminal Investigative Division, and the FBI.
Santiago visited the FBI's Anchorage field office in November. That's what we just learned at the press conference. And he told agents that U.S. intelligence had infiltrated his mind and were forcing him to watch ISIS propaganda videos.
Santiago appeared agitated and incoherent during that interview, we're told, indicating that he was suffering from some kind of mental condition. He mentioned a deployment to Iraq. Santiago deployed to if from April 2010 to February 2011 as a combat engineer with the Puerto Rican National Guard. We've confirmed that with the Army.
After returning, he joined the Army reserves and then the Alaskan National Guard. But last August, he was discharged, I'm told, for poor performance. In November, as the FBI mentioned, they called local authorities, who took him to a local hospital for a mental health welfare check.
The FBI at that time opened an investigation, interviewed family members of Santiago, conducted database checks and an interagency review. These sources tell FOX that the FBI found no connections to any foreign terrorist organization at the time. Investigators are now scouring Santiago's electronic devices and digital history for traces of terrorist propaganda or any recent communications with known individuals.
We expect to learn a lot more about these multiple investigations that have taken place in the past in the coming days, Sean,
HANNITY: All right, Jennifer Griffin, thank you so much tonight, as always.
Joining us now with reaction to this very disturbing story, the author of this very important new book. It's called "IWar: War and Peace in the Information Age," Bill Gertz is with us. And also, the author of the best- selling book, "Defeating Jihad," Fox News counterterrorism strategist Dr. Sebastian Gorka.
Dr. Gorka, when you hear these issues of mental health, and then he went in to the FBI and was incoherent, one has to always wonder, was there follow- up in a case like that if somebody is obviously that disturbed?
SEBASTIAN GORKA, FOX COUNTERTERRORISM STRATEGIST: Absolutely. This is the first question, Sean. So it's clear from the reports that FOX has already provided that this is an individual who repeatedly had issues either with the military or with local law enforcement or with the federal law enforcement. So this isn't the -- a case where somebody was a completely normal, upstanding citizen, and then suddenly cracked and then one day got violent.
Also, I would like to add one thing. There are already images, confirmed images on the internet, of this man wearing a Middle Eastern type scarf and making the classic jihadi hand signal, the raised one figure, which is symbolic of the Arabic word "tocheed (ph)" or unity. You see this in all the ISIS videos, al Qaeda videos.
The younger Tsarnaev brother responsible for the Boston bombing posted pictures of himself on the Internet making exactly the same symbol, because of course, Islam rejects the trinity and Allah is unitary.
So who knows? There are clearly, clearly signs that this man had issues, has problems, was a potential threat. And on top of that, there could be a jihadi angle, as well, Sean.
HANNITY: It's very scary. Just to switch topics because my "Opening Monologue" is coming up in the next segment, and Bill Gertz -- you talk about this in "IWar." We really -- look, every single department, basically, in our government, including the White House, The State Department, the Department of Defense, NASA, every department, the IRS -- everything's been hacked, and this has gone on for all the years Obama's been in office. WikiLeaks has been around for 10 years. And yet these politicians have done nothing.
So who are we really to blame here? Look, I've got this report in front of me, this -- I read it completely. (INAUDIBLE) there -- this whole intelligence report. And I read it, it's embarrassing because they know the methods and they're comparing it, reassess it based on past behavior. And my argument back is, Well, why haven't they done more to stop this?
BILL GERTZ, "IWAR: WAR AND PEACE IN THE INFORMATION AGE": Absolutely. Nothing's been done. We're faced with what I call an information warfare assault, and I think this latest report from the intelligence community confirms that.
The clear -- this was not about politics, this was about undermining the democratic system in the United States. It was a Russian-led intelligence operation involving both cyber and leaks and influence operations. And it was led and directed by Vladimir Putin, who views the United States as the main enemy of Russia.
HANNITY: Well, let me ask you -- I wish we had more time because this is so topic A in everybody's mind. What is the conclusion you come to because this is what the whole book is about?
GERTZ: Well, the conclusion is we're facing an information war and we're being disarmed in this battle, in this war. And we need to develop new methods, new institutions, new capabilities. We need clear thinking. We need clear strategy. And we need to counterattack. We need to go on the offensive against these enemy states that are waging information warfare against the United States.
HANNITY: Yes. Dr. Gorka, I assume you agree with that assessment. And the fact that we haven't done it tells you what?
GORKA: Look, Sean, I want to make it very clear to the viewers out there this isn't about cyber hacking. This isn't about Podesta's password being password. Bill is an old friend and he's absolutely right. This is influence operations. This is political warfare. This is a psychological operations.
Vladimir Putin is laughing that we have been completely unprotected, that he has (ph) accused the American electoral system of being somehow corruptible, when in fact, nothing happened in terms of stealing an election, but he sowed the seeds.
The fact that RT, the Russian television station, is the actor mentioned most often in this report tells you everything you want to know. This is influence operations, Sean.
HANNITY: Isn't there a bit of duplicity on the part of the President Obama, the Democratic Party, because the president even used State Department funds to actually fund an effort inside of Israel with his own political operatives on the ground in Israel to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his most recent reelection? So isn't there -- you know, for all the talk about what an outrage, our president did it! Bill, I see you want to weigh in.
GERTZ: Yes, definitely. You know, I've covered the Obama administration since the earliest days. In the very early part of the Obama administration, when they were doing the so-called Russia reset, intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies were prohibited from saying anything critical about Russia or Putin. And that went on for years and years and years.
And one of the things that came out in the intelligence report earlier was that this has been going on for more than 10 years, and nothing has been done about it. Hopefully, we'll get some action now and we'll take some steps to try and counteract these lies and disinformation.
HANNITY: Because the reality, Dr. Gorka, is we have to assume Russia and China and Iran and North Korea, friends and adversaries, are all hacking us. And by the way, we're probably hacking them. And if we are not, we're making a big mistake.
GORKA: On a double standards issue, Sean, to quote Chris Plante, my friend here in D.C., the radio host, if the left didn't have double standards, they wouldn't have any standards at all. The reality is, who's surprised? This is a KGB colonel! I mean, can somebody just wake up and smell the coffee grinds? Russia is attacking us every day, in all forms, whether it's economic, cyber of psychological operations. China is eating our lunch in the cyber domain! Bill knows this better than anybody.
So you're absolutely right. It's time to talk about the reality. And hopefully, January 20th is when the adults get back in control, and it's not going to be double standards or fantasyland anymore.
HANNITY: It's unbelievable. I want to thank you both for your insight tonight. Two very big stories that we continue to follow. And also tonight, the Obama administration did release its intelligence report on election hacking. And President-elect Donald Trump -- he's calling out the charade for what it really is, and that's a political witch hunt. And that's tonight's "Opening Monologue."
So the of the office of the director of national intelligence earlier today released a declassified version of its report on election hacking, and of course, Russia intentions. Now, it concludes that Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to try and damage Hillary Clinton all in an attempt to influence the election.
However -- now, this is key -- the report found no evidence that actual votes were tampered with, and it did not assess that there was an impact on the outcome of the election.
Now, President-elect Trump -- he was briefed on the classified version of the report earlier today, and afterwards, he put out a statement saying that his meeting with intel officials was constructive. And he added, quote, "There was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election, including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with the voting machines."
Now, the president-elect is also saying tonight that unlike President Obama, he will actually do something to fix this problem by appointing a team to come up with a plan to fight and to stop future cyberattacks.
Now, Vice President-elect Mike Pence -- he elaborated on this plan. This is earlier tonight. Let's take a look.
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GOV. MIKE PENCE, R-IND., VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT: The president-elect has made it very clear that were going to take aggressive action in the early days of our new administration to combat cyberattacks and protect the security of the American people from this type of intrusion in the future.
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HANNITY: Now, also earlier today, before his briefing, President-elect Trump -- he called out Democrats for trying to undermine his presidency by telling The New York Times, quote, "China relatively recently -- they hacked over 20 million government names. How come nobody talks about that? This is a political witch hunt."
Now, Mr. Trump, by the way, is highlighting how for the past eight years, President Obama has all but ignored cybersecurity threats. Quote, "With all that being said, I don't want countries to be hacking our country. They've hacked the White House. They've hacked Coast Guard. We're, like, the hacking capital of the world."
Now, President-elect Trump -- he's absolutely right. And as we told you about this last night, the president, the Democrats -- they've been asleep at the wheel when it comes to cyber security!
Now, take a look at the countless major cybersecurity attacks on the federal government that has all happened since 2009 when Obama became president.
And there's much more. The Democrats are pumping up this intel report as the smoking gun that proves Russian interference in this selection was a big reason why Donald Trump won. But what the left, and of course, the corrupt alt-left liberal media won't tell you about the report and what's in it -- it contains evidence about Russia trying to meddle in U.S. elections going all the way back to 2008!
And that's not all. NBC News is reporting that the classified version shows that Russian hackers -- they targeted the White House, the State Department, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and American companies!
So why all of a sudden out of nowhere -- this has been going on the entire Obama presidency -- is hacking now such a pressing issue? This once again just proves that the only reason President Obama and the Democrats care now about cybersecurity is because they need an excuse to explain why Hillary Clinton lost.
Now, the sore losers, snowflakes, left wing -- they can whine all they want, but the truth is they can only blame themselves and their gross negligence on cybersecurity for this election hacking.
Now, take a look at Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman. You see him there, John Podesta? Now, the reason his e-mails were accessed was because of a typo in a reply from a campaign IT staffer about a phishing e-mail that Podesta received. He gave them the information.
Now, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange -- he told me earlier this week that security from Podesta's e-mail was so laughably inadequate that a 14-year- old could have hacked into it.
And then, of course, there's Hillary Clinton. Remember her private e-mail server that they didn't want to talk about? Remember that was stored in a mom and pop shop bathroom closet? Does that sound secure to you? Of course not. Now, Clinton's setup was so careless that the FBI is 99 percent sure that up to five foreign intelligence agencies accessed it.
And then you have the DNC. Remember? Fox News learned that after the political party was hacked, they didn't give the FBI direct access to its servers and its data! So the FBI was forced to rely on a third party to try and figure out what happened. And The New York Times has reported that when the FBI first called DNC staffers to alert them of a possible cyberattack, they thought it was a prank call. They did nothing! And when the FBI kept calling and calling and calling for weeks following, well, the DNC continued to fail to act and address the problem.
So did the Democrats who are now feigning selective moral outrage here. If you would have just done your job and fixed the hacking problem that you knew about back in 2008 and '09, right in front of your face for years, this never would have happened!
Here with reaction, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. Mr. Mayor, I think this is important. Part of your company -- you deal with this issue on a daily basis. To me, this is a real clear and present danger that we have ignored for over 10 years. Am I wrong about that?
RUDY GIULIANI, R-FMR. NEW YORK CITY MAYOR: Absolutely right. Absolutely right, Sean. I don't even feel like I told you so. Thirteen years ago, I began warning about hacking with my law firm, Greenberg Traurig, and my technology and software (ph) partners, Blackberry. I have been involved for many years in trying to warn corporate officials, individuals, government agencies about the hacking that's been going on.
And the reality is, you need both a technological software solution like Blackberry provides and others do. You need legal solutions. And we haven't paid -- we haven't paid attention to it.
And I've been blue in the face giving speeches over this. Must have given at least 300 speeches over how American corporations and the American government is not paying attention to what is now ubiquitous hacking that's going on not just by Russia, not just by China, not just by North Korea, by our friends and also for commercial purpose, also for ransom. There have been hospitals that have been hacked and have had to pay money so that the whole hospital wasn't turned down (ph).
The amount of hacking that goes on is incredible. It's the fastest-growing form of crime. And if we need anything else to wake us up, the danger to our grid is there.
HANNITY: Well, it's interesting you say that...
GIULIANI: Both the head of the FBI and the head of Homeland Security would tell you that.
HANNITY: Mr. Mayor, since Obama has been president -- and I mentioned the 2008 election, which this report references, that they tried to influence that election -- and of course, Obama tried to influence the Israeli election. So that makes him a hypocrite.
But putting that aside, let me give you the list. The U.S. electric grid since 2009 has been hacked. Then we have the Pentagon's Joint Strike Fighter project -- that's been hacked. NASA's been hacked. The Department of Energy's been hacked. The Federal Election Commission network's hacked. The U.S. Postal Service hacked. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration has been hacked. The White House has been hacked. The State Department has been hacked. The Department of Defense has been hacked. The IRS has been hacked.
And in 2014, the Office of Personnel Management, 22 million people had their personal information hacked, and Obama never said a word, didn't kick out any diplomats, no sanctions. Not a peep!
What does that tell you?
GIULIANI: What that tells us is gross negligence on the part of the government with regard to a clear and present danger that we should have known about going back to 2003, 2004. And the hacking now is enormous. I believe it's the head of the FBI that said that American corporations are in two categories, those that have been hacked and know about it and those that have been hacked and don't know about it yet.
Some of these hackings, by the way, went on for a year or two or three years before they were caught because the companies involved and the government agencies involved didn't bring in the experts, the software experts, the analytical experts...
HANNITY: Well, let me ask this...
GIULIANI: ... at a fast enough pace.
HANNITY: So the reason they didn't care about all the hacking all the years prior, is it be because, well, these e-mails of the DNC and John Podesta showed racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism. And then we have, of course, the media colluding with the Clinton campaign. Then we have Clinton corruption that was exposed and all the money they made. And then we found out, you know, that they totally rigged the DNC process in favor of Hillary over Bernie. So that seems to be what has garnered their attention here.
GIULIANI: Well, that's really the point of this -- of this report, Sean.
HANNITY: It's political!
GIULIANI: The point is this. Yes. That report shows the election was not hacked. No vote was changed. If, in fact, what the Russians, if they did it, or whoever did it -- if the Russians or anyone else had hacked information that was perfectly neutral and did not show some terrible acts, said some terrible things, suggested some terrible actions taken by people, there'd be no problem here. It's their actions that caused whatever problem was caused. And as far as we can tell, really didn't have much of an impact on the vote.
GIULIANI: They got -- they got -- they got caught saying what they were actually saying!
HANNITY: You know, it's interesting because there's a high level of confidence in certain intelligence agencies and only a moderate at the NSA. So their disagreement among themselves...
I have to break, Mr. Mayor. What you are warning here is so important. And if we don't...
GIULIANI: Please, listen!
HANNITY: ... from these examples...
GIULIANI: I've been trying for 13 years. Let's do something about hacking, and American corporations play a big role in this. They don't do enough about it.
HANNITY: Well said. Mr. Mayor, you've been making this cry for years. I've talked about it many times. Thank you for warning us once again. We appreciate it.
GIULIANI: Thank you.
HANNITY: Now, we have to assume that Iran and North Korea and China and, yes, Vladimir Putin in Russia are our enemies! We've know they've been doing this for decades.
Coming up, we'll have more reaction to the declassified Russian hacking report.
But also, coming up next -- that's first here...
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KELLYANNE CONWAY, TRUMP SENIOR COUNSELOR: Vladimir Putin did not tell Hillary Clinton to ignore Macomb County, Michigan and Wisconsin and to rest on her laurels in Pennsylvania.
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HANNITY: Mike Huckabee, Larry Elder -- they're here next to react to Kellyanne Conway's comments. That and more tonight on this busy Friday news night here on "Hannity."
SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: Welcome back to HANNITY. So despite the left trying to use the Russian hacking as an excuse to explain away Hillary Clinton's embarrassing election loss and delegitimize Donald Trump's presidency, well, the facts tell a very different truth. Take a look.
KELLYANNE CONWAY, TRUMP CAMPAIGN MANAGER: You've got many people on TV trying to confuse the voters and the viewers by conflating any alleged Russian hacking with the election results. And you simply can't show the nexus. Vladimir Putin did not tell Hillary Clinton to ignore Macomb County, Michigan, and Wisconsin and to rest on her laurels in Pennsylvania.
REP. PAUL RYAN, R-SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: There are attempts on the left to try and delegitimize this election. That's just bogus. He won, fair and square. He won clearly and convincingly. Russia didn't tell Hillary not to go to Wisconsin or Michigan. They didn't put the server in her basement or put the stuff on Anthony Weiner's laptop. He won the election fair and square, fairly and convincingly, OK?
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HANNITY: Here now with reaction is former 2016 GOP presidential candidate Governor Mike Huckabee and nationally syndicated Salem radio talk show host Larry Elder. Governor Huckabee, I don't know if you are still in Israel. I know you were there this week, and our president tried to influence the election against Prime Minister Netanyahu.
MIKE HUCKABEE, R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Sean, I'm waiting on the Senate to get us exercised about the way that we involved ourselves as a U.S. government in the Israeli election like they think something happened in Russia. And $350,000 tax dollars from the State Department was sent to a group called One Voice. It was used for voter list and databases, and all of it was intended to get rid of Benjamin Netanyahu. Then Obama's people, including Jeremy Bird, helped to raise millions of dollars in 2015 in order to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu in a foreign election. I want to know where is the Senate outrage about that? That's not allegations. That's not declassified. That's information that even a Senate bipartisan committee had to accept.
HANNITY: Larry, there is another component to that is taxpayer dollars were used there, $350,000. That may not sound like a lot, but that's money from hard-working Americans that this president used to influence on elections against, I might add, our closest allies.
LARRY ELDER, SALEM RADIO NATIONAL SYNDICATED HOST: Right. And we also found out because of Project Veritas that Democratic operatives were literally sending agitators to interfere with Donald Trump rallies and sending people to various states who could not vote there legally. So there's a whole lot of shenanigans going on that apparently they are not concerned about. The bottom line is Donald Trump stomped them, they still can't believe this vulgarian person --
HANNITY: He's watching. He's going to get mad that you called him a vulgarian. What does that mean? Come on.
ELDER: That's what they think of him. That's what people like even Mitt Romney said about the guy. They cannot believe that this man won, and they're looking for any kind of excuse they can put their hands around.
HANNITY: Governor Huckabee is laughing. Governor, I just will say this. All these instances that I went over with former mayor Rudy Giuliani, this has been out there, this has been happening. And we haven't heard a peep. And even worse than that, they've done nothing to fix it. This is something that ought to be our national security priority right now in my opinion.
HUCKABEE: It really should. I had dinner last night in Israel, I am back in the states now, but with two Israeli generals, two colonels, and a Mossad agent who has just retired. The interesting thing, one of the generals was a major player in Israeli cyber security and said the United States doesn't take this as seriously as they need to. And it's one of the most I think important ways in which we are going to be fighting a war in the future. And we haven't made it a priority. It's high time we do, I hope we do and I hope Donald Trump will.
HANNITY: Last word, Larry.
ELDER: Regarding the content on the DNC emails, the content of John Podesta's emails, I'm old enough to remember, Sean, "Candid Camera." The creator of it said he had an expression called caught in the act of beating themselves. Putin didn't write those emails, they were caught in the act of being themselves.
HANNITY: Well said, very well said. It was one of my favorite show, with "The Honeymooners," All in the Family," but that is for another day. Good to see you guys, thank you.
And up next tonight on this busy news night here on "Hannity."
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DONALD TRUMP, R-PRESIDENT-ELECT: The country of Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such a wall, OK?
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HANNITY: President-elect Trump, he promised he would build a wall along the southern border, Mexico would pay for it. Now he's lashing out the mainstream media for trying to distort his plan. We will check in with Bo Dietl, Geraldo Rivera, they're next straight ahead.
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TRUMP: End illegal immigration act.
TRUMP: Fully funds the construction of a wall on our southern border. Don't worry about it. Remember, I said Mexico is paying for the wall. With the full understanding that the country of Mexico will be reimbursing the United States cost of such a wall. We have a trade deficit with Mexico of $58 billion a year. The wall is going to cost $10 billion. You tell me I can't make that deal? That's an easy deal.
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HANNITY: That was president elect Donald Trump during the campaign not only promising to build a border wall with Mexico but explaining how he would make them pay for it. Now, over the past 24 hours the leftwing alt left mainstream media was having a field day over reports suggesting that Donald Trump was backtracking to make Mexico paid the bill. The president- elect shot back with a tweet saying "The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the wall," the great wall he calls it, "for the sake of speed will be paid back by Mexico later."
Here with reaction, New York City democratic mayoral candidate Bo Dietl, the first Democrat I am going to support.
GERALDO RIVERA, FOX NEWS SENIOR CORRESPONDENT: Me, too.
HANNITY: And FOX News senior correspondent Geraldo Rivera. Geraldo, you know I did many town halls with president-elect Trump. I asked him specifically, I said, you don't expect Mexico to write you a check to build a wall, do you? He said of course not. And he explained it just as he did today and just as he did on the camping campaign time and time again that through the different deals that will be moving forward it will more than pay for the wall. The media is dishonest and lying by characterizing the way they are.
GERALDO RIVERA, FOX NEWS SENIOR CORRESPONDENT: All that may be true, but there is no doubt that the wall, they figure it's about ten bucks per mile? It's $20 billion to build the wall. So if the United States, and I have said this, I have not been a fan of the wall. I think it's an idea that will not work. But if you want to build a wall, if you want to spend valuable infrastructure dollars to build the wall, then you can build it under this 2006 appropriations bill that approves 700 miles. The Democrats can stop the whole process by saying we're going to shut down the government unless you take that out of the spending bill.
BO DIETL, FORMER NYPD DETECTIVE: The Bill was approved back in 2006. There is legislation that is there already. And I do understand what my President Trump is speaking about. They will eventually pay for the wall.
RIVERA: How are they going to pay for it?
HANNITY: I can answer that. Remember when he met with the Mexican president they talked about reconfiguring NAFTA, number one. Number two, hang on, look at all the different companies. Ford is pulling out their plant. Donald Trump now putting pressure on Toyota to pull their plant out. That's all money that is coming back to the U.S.
DIETL: Donald said they're not going to pay directly, but indirectly they are going to pay for the wall.
RIVERA: There were 15,000 automaker jobs on the south of the border that now are not going there because Ford is keeping its plant here. GM is going to keep some of that production here. What are those 15,000 Mexicans going to do? They live right on the other side of the border. Do you think they are going to stay there and stay hungry or are they going to try to sneak in?
DIETL: Geraldo, Geraldo, first of all, when I become mayor of New York City and you're a criminal, you're an illegal here, bye-bye. I need a wall once I throw them out to keep him out, OK? I need the wall to be built.
RIVERA: Are you saying that as mayor you would end our sanctuary cities --
DIETL: For criminal. For criminals who are illegally here, bye-bye. I'm not paying for --
RIVERA: What about --
DIETL: I have no problem with that. I've got no problem. I'm looking at the criminal element. I want them out of this city, OK?
RIVERA: I think that a wall is huge distraction. Donald Trump has the hacking scandal and everything else makes clear the attack in Fort Lauderdale today at the airport, there are big fish to fry. If you want to distract the American people with a debate over spending over the wall -
HANNITY: That wall will be built.
DIETL: And it will be paid for by Mexico.
HANNITY: But I've been down to the wall. I've been there on horseback, helicopter, boat, all-terrain vehicle. I've been there when criminals were arrested, Geraldo. I've been in drug warehouses bigger than any warehouse you've seen, floor to ceiling drugs. We've got to build a wall.
RIVERA: Having the auto plants in Mexico is a better deterrent to keeping those people in Mexico that the wall is.
HANNITY: The wall will keep them out.
RIVERA: You take away their jobs and you build a wall?
DIETL: The wall is an expression. They have tunnels too. There are technologies we have to use like Israel uses and that's part of it, knocking out those tunnels that go for miles.
RIVERA: Israel is this big. You're talking about 2,000 miles.
DIETL: Whatever we've got to do, we've got to do. We've got to keep these criminals out of here.
HANNITY: Maybe people can work that are out of work, the 95 million Americans under the Obama economy, the 13 million on food stamps, maybe that's a good jobs program.
RIVERA: I like that, building a wall.
HANNITY: Building the wall.
RIVERA: Why not repairing broken down bridges? Why not building tunnels? Why not highways? Why not sidewalks? Why not schools?
TRUMP: Geraldo, this is a new beginning. Face it, Donald Trump is our president.
HANNITY: I've got to go. But you don't want ISIS crossing that one day.
RIVERA: Which beard do you like better?
HANNITY: By the way, the mustache thing at the end.
DIETL: Why do you have a black beard? What the hell is the black beard about?
HANNITY: Up next on "Hannity," straight ahead.
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JOE BIDEN, D-VICE PRESIDENT: Grow up, Donald. Grow up. Time to be an adult. You're president.
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HANNITY: By the way, you've never had fun until you've had beers with these two. Vice President Joe Biden at it again. Frank Luntz, Deneen Borelli, they'll weigh in on that straight ahead.
HANNITY: Welcome back to "Hannity." So there are just two weeks left until the end of the Obama administration, two weeks from today. Bye-bye. Now, the Democrats are not going away quietly. Earlier today after a joint session certified the Electoral College results, vice president crazy uncle Biden, he couldn't let the moment go by without a snide remark. It was caught on an open mic. Listen to the end of this clip.
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BIDEN: God save the queen.
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HANNITY: "God save the queen," really? And that's not all. During an interview yesterday with PBS, crazy uncle Joe had this message for the president-elect. Take a look.
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BIDEN: Grow up, Donald, grow up. Time to be an adult. You're president. You've got to do something. Show us what you have. You're going to propose legislation. We are going to get to debate it. Let the public decide. Let them vote in Congress. Let's see what happens.
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HANNITY: Joining us now with reaction, pollster Frank Luntz, Fox News contributor Deneen Borelli. You too with the beard? What's up with the beard today? At least you don't have the little twirly thing like Geraldo. Frank gets upset, like if I write a little nasty little text of snide remarks, you don't like it. You don't like the discourse in the country right now.
FRANK LUNTZ, POLLSTER: No, I don't.
HANNITY: But that's Joe Biden and who he is.
LUNTZ: But that's the point. Could you imagine Ronald Reagan telling a successor to grow up? Could you imagine this coming from Franklin Roosevelt or Dwight Eisenhower, or even John F. Kennedy? This is not language that is befitting a vice president.
HANNITY: Was John F. Kennedy's behavior with women befitting for the office?
LUNTZ: No, but these are not things that he said in public.
HANNITY: Do it privately and be a hypocrite. If you do it privately it's OK?
LUNTZ: No, it's not good publicly. It's not good privately. Sean, let's not excuse it. If anyone says or anyone does it, we all agree that we want our kids to inherit a nation that is safer, more secure, and more civil. We want our children to respect each other and treat each other with dignity. That's a good society and that is not what's happening right now when Joe Biden is contributing to that. It's not befitting of him. I'm surprised he did it.
HANNITY: The low rated liberal morning show on that no-name network, OK, so he takes a shot at me today. And I talk about his low ratings and how he has been begging for a job at Fox for years. I am not going to take that from that little twerp. So I was not exactly civil.
DENEEN BORELLI, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: And it's OK because you can do what you want to do.
HANNITY: But getting so sensitive, I don't get offended by what anybody says about me.
BORELLI: Snowflakes, right?
HANNITY: The snowflake syndrome.
BORELLI: Regarding the left, though, they are still mad because they lost the election. The actions of the left speaks volumes, really, from the recount effort which failed to complaining about Donald Trump tweeting.
HANNITY: I don't get mad at anybody, anything they say about me. I have read your book and the things said about you, that made me angry. I get more angry about my friends than I do about what they say about me.
BORELLI: The left doesn't want our message to get out. Our message is liberty and personal responsibility. The left is all about control as well, you have to keep that in mind. They can't control Donald Trump. They can't control our conservative message.
HANNITY: Frank, we always said we don't like negative advertising, we don't like combative language, but the reality is negative ads work, combat works. So we really do like it, don't we?
LUNTZ: We like accountability. And we like -- for example we want Washington to be more efficient, more effective, and more accountable. And we want our politicians, one of the highest tested lines of all the debates was when Donald Trump said that he was going to investigate Hillary Clinton. Politics and partisanship aside, the public said yes, finally, politicians holding themselves accountable.
HANNITY: My favorite line was when he said "Now you are going to use honest Abe to tell a lie?"
We need your help. Our question of the day is next. Thanks, guys.
HANNITY: Time for our "Question of the Day." What do you think about the Russian hacking intelligence report? Like, really, all this happened for 10 years and you did nothing? Go to Facebook.com/SeanHannity, @SeanHannity on Twitter, let us know what you think.
That is all the time we have left. I hope you have a great weekend. In two weeks, Obama, gone. Goodbye. Have a good retirement. We'll see you back here on Monday. Have a great weekend.
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