“Absent commitment from the president and the National Security Council (NSC) to this issue [cybersecurity] there is a frustration in DHS ranks,” said Rosenzweig.
The “overwhelming” majority of DHS resources, he added, are “consumed by President Trump’s focus on immigration”, which endangers their mission in 2020 to protect elections from cyber threats. And DHS leadership has been “hollowed out” under Trump, as top posts are held by acting instead of permanent officials, Rosenzweig said.
Critics - Year - Security - Secretary - Kirstjen
Critics were especially troubled earlier this year when then homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was warned by a top White House official not to mention worries about Russian interference in 2020 to Trump or suggest a cabinet level meeting on the topic, to avoid riling the president, as the New York Times reported.
Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said in a statement that advising Nielsen not to bring up potential Russian meddling with Trump was “outrageous – we need a whole-of-government strategy for protecting our elections, and government officials shouldn’t have to tiptoe around the president’s ego to implement it”.
Critics - Trump - Phone - Call - Putin
Similarly, critics were shocked when Trump indicated that in a phone call with Putin – after the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report concluded Kremlin interference in 2016 was “sweeping and systematic” – the two leaders had discussed the “Russia hoax”. Trump also reportedly failed to warn Putin not to meddle in the 2020 elections.
Democratic senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who also serves on the intelligence committee, told the Guardian he is “astounded” that “Donald Trump refuses to get tough on Vladimir Putin … I think it is an abdication of presidential responsibility unlike anything I’ve ever seen”.
FBI - Director - Christopher - Wray - Threat
The FBI’s director, Christopher Wray, has recently warned about the threat of Russian interference in 2020.
“We continue to assess that the Russians are focused on sowing divisiveness and discord...
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