USA officials raise alarm about 2018, 2020 election security

USA officials raise alarm about 2018, 2020 election security

Making an unannounced appearance at the White House press briefing room along with FBI Director Christopher Wray, National Security Advisor John Bolton and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Coats claimed that regarding Russian involvement in the mid-term elections, the USA continues to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to try to "weaken and divide" the United States.

"In regards to Russian involvement in the midterm elections, we continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States", Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said.

Russian Federation is waging a "pervasive" campaign to undermine democracy and "divide the United States", several of the nation's top intelligence officials said Thursday in their latest castigation of the Kremlin.

Wray told reporters that compared to 2016, in 2018, "We are not yet seeing the same kind of efforts to specifically target election infrastructure", but that other efforts to influence public opinion continue.

Russian Federation is trying to "weaken and divide" the United States ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, members of President Donald Trump's national security team said Thursday, pointing to efforts to combat election interference this fall.

Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of Homeland Security, said that "free and fair elections" were the "cornerstone" of America's political system, adding: "Our democracy itself is in the crosshairs".

"Russian Collusion with the Trump Campaign, one of the most successful in history, is a TOTAL HOAX", Trump continued - the "most successful in history" being a reference to his campaign, not Russian collusion.

'We know that through decades Russian Federation has tried to use the propaganda to sow discord in America.

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

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Seeking to distance himself from his ex-campaign chairman, Trump said, "He worked for me for a very short time".

A senior US official said the Russian meddling campaign had accelerated and grown more sophisticated since the 2016 election and was not directed at boosting one political party over another.

He added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was working closely with social media companies ahead of the mid-term elections. And on Tuesday, Facebook said it took down 32 accounts and pages that it says were part of a coordinated influence campaign on the social network.

The Director said they "subsequently made the determination to make this a top priority, that it doesn't happen again". 'We have to keep getting better at it'.

This was one of the topics that Trump took up with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, last month, Bolton said.

Another former Clinton campaign adviser, Philippe Reines, told The Washington Post that the "common denominator" shared by protesters gathering in front of the White House was a desire to see accountability from leadership in the Trump administration. Now states make their own rules.

"The president has said other people also may have been involved in the efforts to interfere with the 2016 election", Karl said.

She noted it's not "unreasonable" for election officials to ask for an ID.

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