Trump’s DHS Secretary: We Expect Russia to Interfere in 2020
Every major intelligence agency agrees that Russia interfered in the 2016 Presidential election. Donald Trump, however, has his doubts. He, at one point, told reporters that Vladimir Putin said he didn’t interfere and he had no reason not to believe him.
According to the Mueller Report, Russians didn’t stop at the 2016 election. They have continued to meddle in American politics via social media since the election of Trump. On Friday, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Josh Wolf said that the US will be prepared for Russian interference in 2020.
Wolf made the comments during a Homeland Security event in Washington DC. He told attendees, “As we saw in 2016, we fully expect Russia to attempt to interfere in the 2020 elections to sow public discord and undermine our democratic institutions.”
The Acting DHS head continued, “Let me be clear: We are prepared. More importantly, the state and local officials who run our elections are prepared. We are working with our federal partners to make sure those officials on the front lines of our elections have the information and the tools they need to combat Russian interference.”
Wolf revealed that the DHS isn’t only looking into threats from Russia, but also from Iran and China.
Through cyber espionage and other activities that impact our economic prosperity and intellectual horsepower, it is pursuing a long-term ‘whole-of-nation’ effort to threaten and undermine the United States,” Wolf said of China. “While we value our partnership with Beijing to promote global prosperity, we are working to hold Chinese bad actors accountable for their malign activities.