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Tillerson: the US is not ready for Russian cyber-mischief
Secretary of state speaks to Rich Edson for ” Special report.’
EXCLUSIVE – Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson on Tuesday warned the United States is ill-prepared, in order to prevent Russian interference in the upcoming mid-term elections, as it was in the year 2016 Federal election.
“I don’t know, I would say that we are better prepared, because the Russians are good,,” Tillerson said in an exclusive interview with Fox News in Bogota, Colombia. “The point is, if it is your intention to disturb you, to find out ways to do that. We can the steps that we can take, but this is something to do that as soon as you decide you go, it is very difficult to separate.”
Russia is already interfering with the attempt to “in the United States in the year 2018″ before the congressional midterm elections in the 2016 General elections,” he said.
“I think it is important that we continue to say to Russia, ” Look, you don’t think that we can see what you’re doing. We see it, and you need to stop. If you don’t, just go ahead to download consequences for themselves,'” said Tillerson.
The Secretary-General also condemned the Russian government’s activities in Syria – support for the Assad regime kills civilians with chemical and conventional weapons.
“You support the Assad regime, they will be providing the air cover for the regime. Russia is responsible, you agree that you will not take care of the chemical weapons in Syria, clearly you could,” said Tillerson. “Russia really needs to move to a different place on this, and you can deny it all you want, but facts are facts, and you need to go to a different place.”
As Vice President, Mike Pence, is taking part in the opening of the Olympic games this week in South Korea, Trump administration refuses to rule out whether Pence will speak with North Korean officials there. When asked whether the U.S. initiate these conversations would have said Tillerson, “the Vice President is there and we just have to see what happens.”
The Secretary, when asked, also had a message for those in the White house urging of his departure: “I’m still here. Nothing has changed.”
When asked whether he believed, to advocate that members of the administration to replace the President with him, the Secretary, replied: “I have no idea.”
Rich Edson is a Washington correspondent for Fox News Channel. He previously served as Fox Business Network’s Washington correspondent.