President Donald Trump said Tuesday at the White House that Russians did interfere in America’s last presidential election – and other countries probably did too – but cautioned that the United States will counteract any attempt at meddling in the November 2018 midterms.
‘The Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever, but certainly there was meddling and probably there was meddling from other countries and maybe other individuals,’ Trump said at a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stephan Löfven.
‘We’re doing a very, very deep study. And we’re coming out with some, I think, very strong suggestions on the ’18 election,’ he said, adding that ‘we’ll counteract whatever they do. We’ll counteract it very strongly.’
President Donald Trump said Tuesday during a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven that while Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, it didn’t have any impact on the result
Vladimir Putin’s Russia tried to sow chaos among American voters in 2016, according to U.S. intelligence reports and a growing number of members of Congress
The president didn’t expand on how he plans to respond to Moscow’s next round of monkey-wrenching.
But he did say that states should make sure their automated voting systems have paper backups in November.
It’s ‘old fashioned, but it’s always good,’ Trump said.
Löfven highlighted his own country’s intelligence services’ renewed focus on ensuring the integrity of Sweden’s electoral system and countering foreign propaganda.
Trump also said Tuesday that states should safeguard the integrity of their elections by using systems that keep backups on physical sheets of paper
‘The result of the election in a country should be decided by nobody else but the voters in the country,’ he said.
Trump’s statements came hours after the nation’s top intelligence official said the administration was getting ready to slap new meddling-related sanctions on Russians.
Trump has been criticized for not imposing new sanctions in January when a list of 114 Russian politicians and 96 oligarchs was released to comply with a law passed to punish Moscow.
Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, one of the 13 people indicted by the office of Special Counsel last month, is the longtime Putin associate behind the online disinformation agency that worked overtime in 2016 to inject uncertainty into America’s presidential contest
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, saying Trump may soon uncork a new set of sanctions against Russians who interfered in the election that vaulted him to power
National Intelligence Director Dan Coats told ton the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that new sanctions are expected within a week.
Coats said sanctions were likely against at least some of the 13 Russians accused in an indictment of an elaborate plot to disrupt the election.
The indictment issued by the U.S. special counsel charged them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Trump defeat his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.