Dan Coats’s subtle-yet-stunning admission about Trump’s meeting with Putin

Friday, 03 Aug, 2018

In a rare appearance before the White House press corps, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FBI Director Christopher Wray, National Security Adviser John Bolton and NSA director General Paul Nakasone all spoke about the Trump administration's efforts to secure the 2018 midterm elections.

U.S. President Donald Trump has directed a "vast, government-wide effort" to protect American elections after Russian attempts to interfere in 2016, the White House said Thursday.

"In regards to Russian involvement in the midterm elections, we continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States".

"Our top intelligence officials have repeatedly warned that #Putin continues to target our elections & sow chaos", he tweeted.

US Cyber Command Chief Paul Nakasone said he'd received direct orders from Trump to fight Russian meddling.

Wray would not discuss specific investigations, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did bring up "inauthentic" pages and accounts that were removed by Facebook on Tuesday, pointing out that they were all anti-Trump.

None of the intelligence officials, however, would be more specific on any Russian activity or on US efforts to combat it. "We also know the Russians tried to hack into and steal information from candidates and government officials alike".

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.

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President Donald Trump introduced a new lie to his repertoire Thursday night at a campaign in Pennsylvania, even as he attacked the media for supposedly spreading lies about him. "Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy". He established a task force to "root out" the influence operations trying to suppress voting, manipulating news stories and spread misinformation.

"The bottom line for election security is to make sure that we have paper ballots and that we have audits after the election to pick up on whether there were any risks" to election results, Wyden told reporters.

Wray said his agency is working with social media companies as part of their effort.

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

Then later that week, Coats said he wished Trump had made a "different statement" standing next to Putin.

Stewart on Thursday said election interference led to improving firewalls around election systems.

Another former Clinton campaign adviser, Philippe Reines, told The Washington Post that the "common denominator" shared by protesters gathering in front of the White House was a desire to see accountability from leadership in the Trump administration.