Hillary Clinton on Wednesday slammed President Trump for inaction on Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections.
“I say this as a former Secretary of State and as an American: the Russians are still coming. Our intelligence professionals are imploring Trump to act. Will he continue to ignore & surrender, or protect our country?” Clinton tweeted.
She also included a link to a Washington Post piece which cites Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, as saying that the U.S. hasn’t done enough to prevent meddling by Russia in future elections.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday defended the Trump administration during an exchange with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.
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“Admiral Rogers is the one that would have the agency that could actually go and confront Russian intrusion at the source. And he hasn’t been given the authority. In fact, he says that the Russians haven’t paid a sufficient price to make them change their behavior,” Karl said during a press conference. “He’s the one with the power and with the means to do it. All he needs is a presidential directive, the authority from the President to do it.”
Sanders responded that the administration is looking at a “number of ways” to apply pressure on Russia.
“Let’s not forget that this happened under Obama,” Sanders added. “It didn’t happen under President Trump. If you want to blame somebody on past problems, then you need to look at the Obama administration.”