Just before Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States a State Department unit was created to investigate and stop election interference. Fast forward to 2018 and the Global Engagement Center is still waiting on the $40 million it was promised by the U.S. Defense Department.
HuffPost was the first to report the funding issue and last week a Senate aide said the initial $40 million has now been reduced to just $20 million.
The Global Engagement Center is “charged with leading the U.S. government’s efforts to counter propaganda and disinformation from international terrorist organizations and foreign countries,” according to the State Department’s website.
Attacks against the U.S. election process are now arriving on three very different fronts as hackers attempt to expose damaging information about political campaigners, probe electoral systems for vulnerabilities that will allow them to expose and even alter voter data, and through the creation of fake social media accounts and websites that spread ridiculous propaganda to voters.
Despite America continually coming under attack, President Trump’s administration has done almost nothing to stop Russian attacks and other meddling attempts being performed by various enemies of the United States.
If the long overdue promised funds are not transferred to the unit by September 30, the center will have to wait for Congress to repurpose or appropriate funds for 2019.