Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says that the Russians are going to try and manipulate US elections again regardless of whether President Donald Trump decides to address the issue or not.
Ms Clinton, noting her previous role as secretary of State, spoke out after America’s National Security Agency director, Adm Michael S Rogers, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he had not been authorised to change overall strategy on America’s efforts to curb Russian election meddling.
“I say this as a former Secretary of State and as an American: the Russians are still coming,” Ms Clinton said. “Our intelligence professionals are imploring Trump to act. Will he continue to ignore & surrender, or protect our country?”
Mr Rogers had told the Senate committee that the US intelligence community is doing what it can, but that he does not think that it is enough to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to think twice about attacking American electoral systems.
“We’re taking steps, but we’re probably not doing enough,” Mr Rogers said. He added that Mr Putin “has clearly come to the conclusion that ‘there’s little price to pay here and therefore I can continue this activity.’”
“If we don’t change the dynamic here, this is going continue,” he continued.
I say this as a former Secretary of State and as an American: the Russians are still coming. Our intelligence professionals are imploring Trump to act. Will he continue to ignore & surrender, or protect our country?https://t.co/Z6uaSCgdF6
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 28, 2018