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Trump reaffirms trust in U.S. intel

by Harvest Prude
Posted 7/19/18, 01:36 pm

FBI Director Christopher Wray reaffirmed Wednesday that Russia not only interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election but also is still trying to actively undermine American democracy. President Donald Trump said Wednesday in an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor that he believed U.S. intelligence reports of Russian interference. The president said that in a two-hour private meeting earlier this week with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, he held the Russian president responsible for cyberattacks during the election and “let him know we can’t have this, we’re not going to have it.”

Trump spent the last two days in bipartisan hot water over the Helsinki summit. Only a third of all Americans approved of how the president handled the meeting, though Republicans were more sympathetic, a CBS News poll showed. On Sunday, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats warned that the United States is still under serious cyberattack from Russia. Seventy percent of Americans believe the intelligence community’s assessment, according to the CBS poll, but half of Republicans are skeptical.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • VSKluth's picture
    Posted: Thu, 07/19/2018 05:29 pm

    Oddly enough, both countries are telling the truth, technically speaking.  It is fairly well known among cybersecurity specialists that Russia has a robust mafioso-style cadre of cyber thugs who carry out cyber crimes for money around the world.  When the Russian government wants their dirty work done, they simply "allow" these units to do the attacking, so that Putin can claim "I didn't do it".  (So yes - Putin is lying, he's behind it ultimately.)  I found Putin's response to Mike Wallace's (Fox News) question, directly asking about the topic, most revealing: did we plant misinformation in the Democratic database?  No, some information that later was found to be true was revealed.  Most in the Western media are totally overlooking the fact that if Hillary wasn't an unconvicted felon, there wouldn't be any so-called "interference".  But I digress from the article's topic at hand ...