- Donald Trump tried to dispel the concerns of the US intelligence community that Russia is working to prevent Joe Biden from winning the 2020 election.
- The Director of the National Intelligence Agency, William Evanina, said on Friday that Russia is “taking a series of measures” to “destroy” Biden and his “anti-Russian institutions.”
- In response, Trump told reporters that Intel “may be” right, but then tried to pour water on it, saying that no one wants him to leave the White House more than Russia.
- Evanina said: “Foreign countries will continue to use secret and public measures of influence to sway the preferences and opinions of American voters.”
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Donald Trump tried to listen to a report from the US intelligence community, saying that Russia is actively working to “deny” Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
National Intelligence Director William Evanina said in a statement on Friday: “Foreign countries will continue to use secret and public influence measures to sway the preferences and opinions of American voters.”
Evanina said that Russia “is taking a series of measures, mainly the former destroying former Vice President Biden and institutions that he considers to be anti-Russian.”
“This is related to Moscow’s public criticism of him when he was vice president because he played a role in the Obama administration’s policy towards Ukraine and its support for the anti-Putin opposition in Russia.”
This report is one of the most detailed reports by the US authorities on the threat of interference in the 2020 election.
On Friday, a reporter asked him if he thought the intelligence was true and how he would deal with it. Trump said: “It may be, it may be a lot.”
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But Trump then poured cold water on this request, saying: “I think the last person Russia will see in the office is Donald Trump, because no one is stronger than me.
When the reporter pointed out that this was not the opinion of the intelligence community, Trump said: “I don’t care what others say.”
Evan Nana also stated in the report that there is evidence that China and Iran do not want Trump to be re-elected. He did not disclose whether they are trying to influence the election as actively as Russia.
Democrats in the House of Representatives worried that Russia would repeat itself in 2016, when Russia actively intervened in the election to get Trump elected.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy said: “We do know that Russia once again interfered in the election, Pelosi said on July 31.
When a reporter asked how he intends to deal with intelligence, Trump said: “We will study it very carefully.”
He said: “We will monitor everyone.”