White House officials: Russian election meddling is happening again

White House officials: Russian election meddling is happening again

White House officials: Russian election meddling is happening again

'We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russian Federation to try to weaken and divide the United States, ' he noted.

It inspired another national round of hand-wringing over malign Russia influence and intentions in the US, but the recent Helsinki summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin has actually boosted America's image in Mr. Putin's Russia. He provoked an uproar at his July meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, when he cast doubt on U.S. intelligence findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

"We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russian Federation to try to weaken and divide the United States", Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said.

"We will continue to monitor and warn of any such efforts". "This is a threat we need to take extremely seriously, and to tackle and respond to with fierce determination and focus".

National Security Advisor John Bolton said President Trump has been very involved in the process to protect our elections.

The former Clinton adviser, whose father is Ukrainian, said he thought protests outside of the White House would be more effective than similar anti-corruption demonstrations in his father's home country.

"Now we're being hindered by the Russian hoax - it's a hoax, OK?"

Both Russia's President Vladimir Putin and China's President Xi Jinping want to weaken the USA, and Xi has a plan to make his country the "not a peer to the United States but the single dominant power in the world" by 2048, the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party in China, the Utah Republican said.

While Trump has claimed that Russia wants to help Democrats in the midterms, Coats said that "the Russians are looking for every opportunity regardless of party".


Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary responsible for protecting the country and its citizens, told a press briefing at the White House: "Our democracy is in the crosshairs".

"I've said all along I see no evidence of collusion".

"This is not just an election cycle threat", Wray said.

"We're aware that Russian Federation is not the only country that has an interest in trying to influence our domestic political environment", Coats said, though he declined to be more specific.

This was Mr Trump's most direct demand yet that Mr Sessions, who infuriated the president by recusing himself from the investigation, intervene to end the probe.

The president also is pushing for a voter ID law. Now states make their own rules. John Cornyn of Texas, said, "I'm confident we're doing the best we can".

"This is about exploiting the fault lines that exist in our society and building on what was done in 2016, and it isn't confined to the internet - it includes print and television, as well, in some cases using existing platforms that predate the 2016 election", the official said.

'It's not unreasonable. If I return something to a department store, if I have to cash a check I have to show my ID in order do those things, ' she said.

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