President Donald Trump’s re-election team has yet to agree not to use stolen information in the 2020 campaign, while Democratic candidates have made such pledges.
Every Democratic candidate who had announced their intention to run for president by February this year had already pledged not to use stolen data, whether obtained by foreign nations like Russia or by other entities, even if it could help them electorally in the presidential race. Other Democrats who have since entered the race have also signed onto such pledges, according to reporting from NBC News.
Yet President Donald Trump’s campaign refuses to say whether they will agree to the same promises or not.
Trump Won't Rule Out Using Stolen Data in 2020 Campaign:
Democratic candidates have committed not to use hacked materials against one another. The Trump campaign declined to make such a pledge. https://t.co/REt1v7O3Uo via @thedailybeast
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) February 22, 2019
Russia made many attempts, some of them successful, to hack Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s email servers and other personal files, leaking them out in an effort to help Trump’s chances to defeat her in the general election race.
By not making a pledge to refuse to use hacked information, the Trump campaign risks looking suspicious, possibly expecting such hacked information to be made available. Indeed, according to the recently released redacted version of the Mueller report, while no evidence of coordination between them and the Kremlin was discovered, Trump’s campaign did expect to “benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.”
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez urged his Republican Party counterpart Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to agree to the same principles.
“As the leaders of our country’s two largest political parties, we have a responsibility to protect the integrity of our democratic process. That’s why I urge you to join me in condemning the weaponization of stolen private data in our electoral process,” Perez wrote to McDaniel in a statement.
Meanwhile, the White House is also showing little concern over protecting the integrity of the 2020 elections. A source familiar with such efforts told CNN this week that the threat of cyber threats and attacks from hostile nations isn’t being taken seriously.
It is “like pulling teeth to get the White House to focus the attention needed on this,” an anonymous government official told the news organization.
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