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US intel chief contradicts Trump on ISIS defeat

US intel chief contradicts Trump on ISIS defeat

Despite repeated claims by the Trump administration that ISIS has been defeated, US intelligence assesses that the terror group "very likely will continue to pursue external attacks from Iraq and Syria against regional and Western adversaries, including the United States."…
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Anonymous Op-Ed Sets off Furious Guessing Game

The Story: One of the latest uproars in social media involves the question, "who wrote the op ed?" -- meaning, of course, the anonymous op...

Director of National Intelligence: Russian interference in US political system ongoing

(CNN)A handful of top US national security officials said Thursday that Russia is continuing to pursue its efforts to interfere in the US political system and said President Donald Trump has directed them to make countering election interference a top priority. "We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States," Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Thursday from the White House briefing room. The top officials' presence in the White House briefing room amounted to the administration's most significant effort to date to convey that a whole of government effort is being undertaken to combat Russian attacks on US democracy, which Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said is "in the crosshairs." That cognitive dissonance was on display during the briefing Thursday as Coats, national security adviser John Bolton and FBI Director Chris Wray were pressed about contradictions in the administration's messaging and the President's. "I think the President has made it abundantly clear to everybody who has responsibility in this area that he cares deeply about it and that he expects them to do their jobs to their fullest ability and that he supports them fully," Bolton said, adding that Trump opened his private meeting with Putin by raising election interference. Wray, meanwhile, fielded a question about Trump and his administration's ongoing attacks on the Mueller investigation and on the FBI. Coats, Nielsen, Wray and Bolton were also joined by Gen. Paul Nakasone, the head of the National Security Agency and US Cyber Command, who said the US is prepared "to conduct operations" against cyber actors attempting to undermine US democracy. Coats said that while Russian efforts to influence and drive a wedge in US democracy are "pervasive" and "ongoing," he said that US intelligence so far believes the Russian influence campaign is less robust than in 2016. We have not seen that kind of robust effort from them so far." "We will continue to monitor and warn of any such efforts."

Russia is continuing efforts to interfere in US politics: intel chief

News Modal Trigger America’s top national security officials held a rare joint news briefing Thursday to highlight efforts to combat Russian election meddling — with the Department of Homeland Security chief dramatically asserting that “our democracy itself is in the cross hairs.” “Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy, and it has become clear that they are the target of our adversaries who seek to sow discord and undermine our way of life,” DHS Director Kirstjen Nielsen said from the White House. “I fully share the intelligence community’s assessments and past efforts and those today to interfere with our election and of the current threat. Their appearance in the White House briefing room along with spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders came a day after President Trump yet again called the special counsel’s probe into Russian election meddling a hoax and demanded that Attorney General Jeff Sessions shut it down. Neither Wray nor Coats would directly address the president’s characterization of the probe — but they and the others insisted the threat from Russia and other actors was legit. We also know the Russians tried to hack into and steal information from candidates and government officials alike,” Coats declared. “This threat is not going away. Russia attempted to interfere with the last election and continues to engage in maligned influence operations to this day,” the top G-man said. Despite Trump’s ongoing barrage of tweets calling Russian meddling “a hoax” and Mueller’s probe a “witch hunt,” Bolton praised his boss for his actions to combat the interference that the commander-in-chief had repeatedly cast doubt on. “This includes measures to heighten the security and resilience of election systems and processes, to confront Russian and other foreign malign influence in the United States, to confront such aggression through international action, and to reinforce a strong sanctions regime.” The national security adviser, a longtime Russia hawk, also defended the president’s much-maligned press conference after his tête-à-tête with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, when Trump did not address Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. After Trump on Wednesday tweeted that Sessions should shut down Mueller’s probe, even though the attorney general had recused himself from the matter, the president’s lawyers insisted he was just stating an opinion and not issuing an order.
Dan Coats: Russia continuing to interfere

Dan Coats: Russia continuing to interfere

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said that Russia is continuing to pursue its efforts to interfere in the US political system and said President Donald Trump has "specifically directed" the US intelligence community to make countering election interference a…
Intelligence chief apologizes for reaction to possible second Trump-Putin summit

Intelligence chief apologizes for reaction to possible second Trump-Putin summit

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats issued a statement saying that he did not mean "to be disrespectful or criticize the actions" of President Donald Trump during a recent interview in which he appeared surprised to learn that the White…
Presidents Donald Trump And President Vladimir Putin: Part Two | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

Presidents Donald Trump And President Vladimir Putin: Part Two | Velshi & Ruhle |...

Discussions are now underway for Russian president Vladimir Putin to visit Washington, DC in the fall. Stephanie Ruhle breaks down this big invitation and how National Director of Intelligence, Dan Coats, had no idea this was happening. » Subscribe to…
Jeremy Bash: Donald Trump Has 'Entered Into A Secret Deal' With Putin | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Jeremy Bash: Donald Trump Has ‘Entered Into A Secret Deal’ With Putin | The...

MSNBC National Security Analyst Jeremy Bash reacts to the news that Trump's top intelligence official, Dan Coats, only learned the White House was inviting Putin to Washington when NBC News' Andrea Mitchell told him on live television. » Subscribe to…

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Off Putin

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey), Maddie Carlisle (@maddieec123), and Olivia Paschal (@oliviacpaschal) Today in 5 Lines During a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump rejected the consensus among the U.S. intelligence community that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. “They said, ‘I think it is Russia.’ I have President Putin. He just said it is not Russia,” Trump said in Helsinki after a two-hour private meeting with Putin. “I will say this: I do not see any reason why it would be.” Members of Congress, including some Republicans, condemned Trump’s remarks and his refusal to confront Russia. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats also issued a response, saying his agency “will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security." Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said he has “serious concerns” about the proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media. But regardless of what they are, one thing is clear: It's time for congressional Republicans to act. The Original Backup Plan: On Monday, the world witnessed the strength of Russian President Vladimir Putin's influence over President Trump. But Americans don’t really need the reminder. (Dave Weigel, The Washington Post) Trump, a Traitor: Americans have proof that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, writes Charles M. Blow, yet President Trump still “wants to be chummy with the enemy who committed the crime.” (The New York Times) Worth a Try: President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin shows that he wants to improve U.S. relations with Russia.