Sec. of State Pompeo: We ‘Will Not Tolerate’ Russian Meddling in Midterm Elections
While on Capitol Hill today, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the Trump administration is committed to taking action against any potential Russian interference in the midterms.
“We will not tolerate Russian interference in our 2018 elections,” he said. “Much work has been done, there’s more to do. Rest assured that we will take the appropriate counter-measures in response to the continued Russian efforts.”
Back in January, when he was still CIA director, Pompeo said that he fully expects Russia to try and meddle with the Uf.S. elections again:
“I have every expectation that they will continue to try and do that,” Pompeo said when asked during an interview with the BBC on Monday whether he anticipates a Russian influence campaign later this year.
He added: “But I am confident that America will be able to have a free and fair election — that we’ll push back in a way that is sufficiently robust that the impact they have on our election won’t be great.”
At one point during today’s hearing Pompeo said, “There is a great deal more work to do. Having said that, I’m incredibly proud of the work that this administration has done in countering Russia. It is light years better than was done in the previous administration… We have not been able to achieve effective deterrence of some of these efforts of the Russians, but this administration has taken enormous efforts to push back against Russia that haven’t been done in an awfully long time.”
Watch above, via C-SPAN 3.
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