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US officials raise alarm about election interference ahead of midterms

US officials raise alarm about election interference ahead of midterms

An African-American pastor praised President Donald Trump and his administration's efforts in communities of faith, particularly in the African-American community, at a roundtable at the White House on August 1.

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

"We have not seen that kind of robust campaign from them so far", Coats said in a briefing at the White House on Thursday.

Mr Bolton said in his letter published by the White House: "President Trump has not and will not tolerate interference in America's system of representative government".

US intelligence officials including Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, national security adviser John Bolton, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and National Security Agency Director Paul Nakasone appeared together during the White House press briefing where they said they were working with state and local election officials to protect voting systems from threats by Russian Federation and other foreign actors.

The US government on Thursday accused Russian Federation of carrying out a "pervasive" campaign to influence public opinion and elections, in a warning just months before crucial legislative polls.

"Our democracy itself is in the crosshairs", Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristen Nielsen said in language much stronger than the president himself has used.

"Glad to see the White House finally do something about election security - even if it's only a press conference".

He not only confirmed that Russia continues in attempts to meddle in US elections, but also that this includes Russian individuals, the Kremlin, "and even add to that".

Bolton said Trump is "leading unprecedented action to punish Russia" for its efforts to disrupt American elections.

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When it comes to electronic voting machines, DHS' Nielsen said that the focus is on helping states make sure their machines can be audited after elections.

"This is a threat that we need to take extremely seriously".

"It would be far better if the President refrained from commenting and for Mr. Mueller to continue his investigation, which so far already has 30 indictments, including Russian nationalists", she said on Capitol Hill.

"Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy and it has become clear that they have become the target of our adversaries". When asked to explain this, the DNI chief said "I'm not in a position to either understand fully or talk about what happened in Helsinki". "They want us to distrust and defeat each other.' And if that was their goal, and I believe that it was, I believe they have been very effective", he said.

Mr Trump has insisted there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation in an attempt to sway the 2016 election in his favour.

"These efforts are not exclusive to this election or future elections, but certainly cover issues relevant to the election", he said.

Bolton stepped in and said that the first thing Trump brought up during his meeting with Putin was election interference, but that was according to Putin.

Scott continued, comparing Trump's efforts with former President Barack Obama, the first African-American president elected to the White House.

Senate Democrats criticized Republicans over election security this week after GOPs blocked an amendment offered by Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to provide $250 million in election security grants to states.


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