US Intel Chief: No 'Coherent Strategy' to Thwart 2018 Russian Election Meddling

  • US Intel Chief: No 'Coherent Strategy' to Thwart 2018 Russian Election Meddling

US Intel Chief: No 'Coherent Strategy' to Thwart 2018 Russian Election Meddling

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Terrorism and cyber meddling by Russian Federation and other countries are some of the biggest threats to America and to national security, said former IN senator and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, when testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday. "This is a high priority for them", he said. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., to clarify the instructions the president gave him to "do it", Coats said his comments were made in the context of the cyber-issue, not Russian election meddling.

"We have entered a period that can best be described as a race for technological superiority against our adversaries who seek to sow division in the United States and weaken USA leadership", Director Dan Coats told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

He added that Russian Federation is likely to continue using propaganda, social networks and other means of influence to add fuel to the political controversies in the U.S.

"We now face the most complex, volatile and challenging threat in modern times", said Coats. Russian Federation has denied any such efforts. The finding has shadowed Trump's first 14 months in the White House amid multiple congressional investigations and a probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Russia has rejected playing any role in the US election, but the USA intelligence community has concluded it was personally directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Democrats also have criticized Trump for not doing more to punish Russian Federation for its activities during the 2016 election.

He said the Trump administration's national security team was discussing a range of threats facing the U.S. But he said: "There has not been yet a formulation yet of a lead agency that would work with Congress on legislative action and putting a policy in place".

The former Republican senator said the president made the comment after a February 13 hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where Coats told lawmakers "there's no single agency in charge" of blocking potential Russian operations.

Trump's nominee to lead the National Security Agency, Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone, told Senate Armed Services he did not think Russian Federation expected much of a US response to cyber attacks. National Security Agency director Admiral Mike Rogers told senators last week that the president has given him no new authority or capability for that ahead of the midterms. "Nonstate actors will continue to use cyber operations for financial crime and to enable propaganda and messaging", the statement said.

"We see this continuing influence by the Russians and we want to be not only defensively ready".