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Everyone except for Trump seems to concur: Russia is a threat to democracy

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018|2 a.m.

Considering exactly what his employer has said about Russian interference in U.S. elections, it was amazing to hear John Bolton’s take on the topic this past weekend.During a look on ABC’s” This Week, “the national security consultant stated Russia was undoubtedly meddling, as were other nations.
“Well, I can say definitively that it’s a sufficient national security issue about Chinese meddling, Iranian meddling and North Korean meddling that we’re taking steps to attempt and prevent it,” Bolton stated. “So all four of these countries, truly.”
That bears repeating: Bolton stated “all 4” nations were involved, Russia included.Which when again
asks the question, why will not Trump get on board with his own administration over the Russian hazard? Trump’s “would/wouldn’t “mistake aside, he’s repeatedly undermined his administration through comments and actions on Russia. A case in point came early this month when 4 chiefs of intelligence and security companies made a joint look to announce that Russian attempts to interfere in the 2018 elections were real and continuous. Those present were Bolton, FBI Director Chris Wray, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and National Security Firm Director Paul Nakasone. But who wasn’t there? Trump, whose no-show deprived the intelligence authorities of the
presidential endorsement that his appearance would have paid for them.That’s mystifying, offered the plain tone of the remarks that day.”Our focus here today is simply to inform the American individuals we acknowledge the hazard,”Coats stated.”It is real.
It is continuing. And we’re doing whatever we can to have a genuine election that the American people can have rely on. “In addition to that, it exceeds the elections. It goes to Russia’s intent to weaken our democratic worths, drive a wedge in between our allies, and act of other dubious things. “This was Coats determining the Russians as the opponent of the American individuals. Duration. With his remarks Sunday, Bolton said the very same thing.Yet Trump continues to downplay and at times even counter that message. Whether he’s saying “No,”in reaction to a concern about whether the hazard still
exists(later declaring he was showing he wouldn’t take further concerns)or stating the United States was instrumental(as he specified in Helsinki), Trump has actually repeatedly chosen not to call out Russia. This is a president who promotes his” hit back two times as hard”state of mind, yet he offers nothing however spoken love pats to Russian President Vladimir Putin.Does Russia have blackmail product on Trump? Is it Trump revealing his weakness for strongman-type leaders, as he’s made with other dictators? Is it a symptom of Trump’s egotistical rejection to admit that he lost the popular vote, by aiming to play down the legitimacy of unique counsel Robert Mueller’s examination? Nobody however Trump seems to understand, but the disconnect between Trump and his team on the Russian hazard grows more perplexing whenever Bolton or another senior administrator says what Trump will not acknowledge– that Russia is an enemy force.No concern, the intelligence leaders are dead, solid proper on this one. The Department of Homeland Security stated moles handled to hack into a handful of state voting systems during 2016, and some remain highly susceptible, especially
those without paper-ballot backups. To its credit, Nevada embraced the redundant systems after 2016. Meanwhile, a Senate Intelligence Committee report stated Russia had been constructing operations to disrupt U.S. elections considering that a minimum of 2014 and had devoted cyberattacks on elections elsewhere. Plainly, this is a threat to Americans. The president needs to be leading the voices condemning Russia.Instead, Trump demures and does things like direct his staff to welcome Putin to the White House, despite the fact that Putin is assaulting our democracy. An excerpt from former FBI Director James Comey’s
memoir, “A Greater Loyalty, “uses cooling context about Trump’s behavior. Comey said when he and other members
of the intelligence neighborhood informed the Trump team about the attack during a January 2017 meeting at Trump Tower, there were”no concerns about what the future
Russian risk might be.” Rather, Comey stated, the team right away held a method session”about how they could spin exactly what we ‘d simply told them.” Ever since, top members of the Trump administration have dealt with the threat with the seriousness it deserves.But put simply, we have an afraid president who will not challenge America’s chief adversary. Lawmakers need to be taking strong action to avoid Russian aggressiveness and discover why Trump grovels prior to Putin.