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DNI coats intel assessment defended to Russian interference
The Director of national intelligence says the intelligence community has the best information and fact-based assessments of possible’ for the President and the policy of Russia ” to lasting, in-depth efforts to undermine our democracy.’
President Trump should have issued another full-throated condemnation this week of the Russian election-meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, said on Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum.
But, coats added, Trump became law this week that Russian interference is only one of the possible dangers for the country.
“I wish he made a different statement,” coats told his interviewer, NBC host Andrea Mitchell. “it is undeniable that the Russians take the lead on this.
“We are just learning about the dark side, and it’s pretty ugly,” coats added. “What we see every day, against our institutions, against our military, against our financial services against our entrance critical infrastructure stretching from those great skills to do this, starting with Russia, even China. … Add to that Iran, in, that, add, ISIS.
TO MAKE THE WHITE HOUSE REBUFFS RUSSIA’S BID IN QUESTION TO THE DC OFFICIALS, IN THE MIDST OF THE NEW FIRESTORM
Trump faced cross-party criticism for his statement at a summit on Monday in Helsinki, Finland, with Russian President Vladimir Putin, that he did not see why it would be Russia, experimented in the US elections-before later claiming he meant to say that he did not see why it would be Russia.
In the White house on Tuesday, the trump criticism for the statement and moved that it “could be other people , too,” interfered with the US elections.
“I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 elections took place,” Trump said on Tuesday, before adding: “Could other people also. A lot of people out there. But there was no collusion.”
Coats are not “recognized, that he had to know what happened,” while Trump long one-on-one with Putin in Helsinki, including the question of whether Putin meeting.
Still, coats suggested that the oversized focus on Russian interference risks blinding Americans to other, possibly more serious threats.
“I’m worried told about a cyber-9/11,” coats. “Let us say that you shut down Wall Street for a week. How the on the markets of the world and the people in the investment? … And what of an attack on the electrical grid in New England, in January, it’s too demanding to it for three days. How many people are going to die?”
TRUMP SAYS THAT HE HOLDS PUTIN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RUSSIAN INTERVENTION CHOICE
“Trump Russian interference many TIMES recognized” pic.twitter.com/T8MERS93wI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 19. July 2018
In a serene moment, the coats of the participants assured the conference that the football ball, the Putin hand delivered to Trump at the Monday press conference in Helsinki will not pose a safety risk.
“I bet that soccer ball looked very carefully,” said Coats, laughing.
And if Mitchell, the message, to coats on the stage, that Putin is planning a trip to Washington, coats have a double-take, broke.
“Tell you this?” he asked, to laughter in the audience. “Okay, this is something special.”
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.