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User Info: Nintendoomed89

Nintendoomed89
3 weeks ago#1
https://nyti.ms/2W3LnO3

WASHINGTON — In the months before Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to resign, she tried to focus the White House on one of her highest priorities as homeland security secretary: preparing for new and different Russian forms of interference in the 2020 election.

President Trump’s chief of staff told her not to bring it up in front of the president.

Ms. Nielsen left the Department of Homeland Security early this month after a tumultuous 16-month tenure and tensions with the White House. Officials said she had become increasingly concerned about Russia’s continued activity in the United States during and after the 2018 midterm elections — ranging from its search for new techniques to divide Americans using social media, to experiments by hackers, to rerouting internet traffic and infiltrating power grids.

But in a meeting this year, Mick Mulvaney, the White House chief of staff, made it clear that Mr. Trump still equated any public discussion of malign Russian election activity with questions about the legitimacy of his victory. According to one senior administration official, Mr. Mulvaney said it “wasn’t a great subject and should be kept below his level.”

Even though the Department of Homeland Security has primary responsibility for civilian cyberdefense, Ms. Nielsen eventually gave up on her effort to organize a White House meeting of cabinet secretaries to coordinate a strategy to protect next year’s elections.

As a result, the issue did not gain the urgency or widespread attention that a president can command. And it meant that many Americans remain unaware of the latest versions of Russian interference.
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User Info: SaikyoStyle

SaikyoStyle
3 weeks ago#2
It almost sounds like he’s expecting further Russian interference and doesn’t want to prevent it. Almost.
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User Info: Sylph

Sylph
3 weeks ago#3
Well, if you get the Russians to do all the fixing, it isn't illegal for you.
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User Info: strifeprime

strifeprime
3 weeks ago#4
SaikyoStyle posted...
It almost sounds like he’s expecting further Russian interference and doesn’t want to prevent it. Almost.


Can you imagine a president being aware of Russian interference in an election and doing nothing to stop it?

User Info: Dark_Arbron

Dark_Arbron
3 weeks ago#5
strifeprime posted...
SaikyoStyle posted...
It almost sounds like he’s expecting further Russian interference and doesn’t want to prevent it. Almost.


Can you imagine a president being aware of Russian interference in an election and doing nothing to stop it?


I long for the days where we had to imagine it...
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mystic belmont
3 weeks ago#6
Trump needs his safe space.
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User Info: strifeprime

strifeprime
3 weeks ago#7
Dark_Arbron posted...
I long for the days where we had to imagine it...


Yeh, when Obama knew about Russian interference prior to the 2016 election, he went to great lengths to inform the American people and put a stop to it. Oh wait, no he didn't.

User Info: Mr_Big_Boss

Mr_Big_Boss
3 weeks ago#8
strifeprime posted...
Dark_Arbron posted...
I long for the days where we had to imagine it...


Yeh, when Obama knew about Russian interference prior to the 2016 election, he went to great lengths to inform the American people and put a stop to it. Oh wait, no he didn't.


He actually did but Turtle Mitch stopped him
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User Info: Sariana21

Sariana21
3 weeks ago#9
Mr_Big_Boss posted...
strifeprime posted...
Dark_Arbron posted...
I long for the days where we had to imagine it...


Yeh, when Obama knew about Russian interference prior to the 2016 election, he went to great lengths to inform the American people and put a stop to it. Oh wait, no he didn't.


He actually did but Turtle Mitch stopped him
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User Info: Dark_Arbron

Dark_Arbron
3 weeks ago#10
strifeprime posted...
Dark_Arbron posted...
I long for the days where we had to imagine it...


Yeh, when Obama knew about Russian interference prior to the 2016 election, he went to great lengths to inform the American people and put a stop to it. Oh wait, no he didn't.


I like how you instantly assumed "you're criticizing Trump, but Obama did this..!"

I never said I was anti-Trump, nor pro-Obama, so I fail to see what point you thought you were making.
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