Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

White House trots out five top officials to reassure election safety

White House trots out five top officials to reassure election safety

Coats was one of five top national security leaders - the others were National Security Adviser John Bolton; FBI Director Christopher Wray; Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen; and General Paul Nakasone, director of the National Security Agency - who condemned Russian efforts to interfere in U.S. elections at the briefing.

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.

"We will continue to monitor and warn of any such efforts".

The White House put on a show of force against Russian election meddling, bringing out five national security officials to offer assurances they were working to safeguard American votes while offering few specifics on how they were doing so.

"Our democracy is in the crosshairs", Ms Nielsen said, adding that the cyberthreat now exceeded the danger of a physical attack against the United States by a hostile foreign group.

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"Now, we are being hindered by the Russian hoax, it's a hoax", he said.

Wray outlined a number of ways that Russian Federation and others were attempting to influence domestic politics and sow discord.

"Glad to see the White House finally do something about election security - even if it's only a press conference", Sen. And then, he said, "I thought it would come out anyway in a less reputable publication, so I wanted to get it out first".

Mr Coats said the efforts were less robust so far than in 2016, and did not appear directed at a single party.

He added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was working closely with social media companies ahead of the mid-term elections.

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"I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Mr Trump said after talks with Mr Putin in Finland on July 16. "He's certainly expressing the frustration", he has long felt over "corruption" by former Justice Department officials like former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, she said. After suffering a bipartisan outcry, Trump later said he accepted those findings.

Sanders has not yet responded to an inquiry seeking clarification on how White House officials can consider Trump's tweets official presidential statements while not treating directions to Cabinet officials on the social media platform as direct orders. State and county officials have complained, however, that they lack money and time to make voting systems more secure.

Nakasone, who is also the commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, said the command and the NSA are both tracking a wide range of foreign cyber adversaries and "are prepared to conduct operations against those actors attempting to undermine our nation's midterm elections".

Stewart said when he made his predictions, he was asked about who he thought Russian Federation wanted to win the election.

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