USA security chiefs: our country is in Russian crosshairs

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Five Senate Dems also sent a letter to Bolton expressing concerns about election security; he sent a letter in response assuring them that "extensive, historic actions" had already been taken "to ensure the integrity of our elections and to defend against foreign malign influence". "This includes measures to heighten the security and resilience of election systems and processes, to confront Russian and other foreign malign influence in the United States, to confront such aggression through worldwide action, and to reinforce a strong sanctions regime".

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

The government's show of force against election meddling comes two days after Facebook said it had identified 32 accounts and pages that it said were part of a "coordinated" effort by people who sought to hide their identities to spread information or influence users' political beliefs.

The White House says President Donald Trump has directed a "vast, government-wide effort" to protect American elections after Russian attempts to interfere in 2016.

The White House wants you to know it's taking threats to United States elections seriously.

"As such, we will continue to monitor and warn of any such efforts", Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told reporters at a White House news conference yesterday. "Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy".

Homeland security chief Kirstjen Nielsen said: "Our democracy is in the crosshairs". Giuliani said. "We have every reason to believe they don't have anything".

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The White House on Thursday said the media did not adequately cover a rally Trump held in Florida earlier in the week.

"The president is not obstructing, he's fighting back", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

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

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. In addition, they have encountered cyber attacks against voting infrastructure and computer intrusions targeting elected officials.

"I can tell you, the Baltics have a legitimate reason to be afraid", he said, adding Putin could take them in 48 hours and the US could initially not do anything about it.

Trump was criticized for "disgraceful" and "treasonous" remarks after he declined to condemn Russia's actions during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last month.

Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he's often asked what he sees as the biggest threats to the U.S. Quoting a now retired military commander, he said Russian Federation is the only existential threat, North Korea is the most unsafe and China is the most complicated. Trump very much wants the former mayor out there, but that spawns endless cable segments debating what he said (such as denying a pre-meeting before the Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer when no one was talking about whether there was one).

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