Trump's Spy Chief Says Russian Meddling Is a White House Priority


Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified about worldwide threats in a March 6 meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Coats told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on worldwide threats that several U.S. agencies are "well aware" of the need for the government to protect against Russian election meddling in the U.S. But he was stumped when Sen.

Last month, Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations, alleging that they worked to sow discord in the US and interfere in the election by waging "information warfare" through social media and other sophisticated tactics. "Whatever they do, we'll counteract it very strongly", the president said. Russian Federation has denied any such efforts.

"We expect that Russian Federation will conduct bolder and more disruptive cyber operations during the next year, most likely using new capabilities against Ukraine".

The top USA intelligence official said on Tuesday President Donald Trump's administration is "actively engaged" in efforts to prevent Russian efforts to influence the November midterm elections, even as he warned of Moscow's continuing "malign activities". "Nonstate actors will continue to use cyber operations for financial crime and to enable propaganda and messaging", the statement said.

Democrats also pressed Coats to explain why President Donald Trump hadn't authorised the intelligence community to do more to prevent Russian aggression.

Coats also noted that China is planning to increase its military spending by 8.1 percent this year, which reflects a year to year increase for the past three years. "Persistent and disruptive cyber and influence operations will continue against the United States and European countries and other allies".

Adm. Mike Rogers, the outgoing director of both the U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency, said the U.S. response to Russian Federation has not been strong enough to change Moscow's activities. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Mueller indictment reveals sophisticated Russian manipulation effort GOP cautious, Dems strident in reaction to new indictments MORE (D-Va.) told reporters on Tuesday.

Last week, Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, the next head of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, also has told the Senate committee that nations including China and Russian Federation that launch cyberattacks against the U.S. don't fear retribution and see no reason to change their behavior.

Ashley said the comments were meant for a domestic audience within the context of an upcoming presidential election in Russian Federation, and that he is aware of the weapons systems Putin spoke about. "And it's a blueprint of what they've done in other countries", Burr said.