A new report by Congressional Democrats has called out President Donald Trump for a failure to protect America from what they describe as a growing threat of Russian election meddling this year and during the 2020 presidential elections.
US intelligence agencies have concluded that a Russian intelligence operation, approved at the highest levels of the Kremlin, used hacked Democratic Party emails, phony social media accounts, disinformation and other tactics to try to help Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee and who commissioned the report after the 2016 election, said in a statement. The report has nothing to do with alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, which is also being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Trump has said his campaign never colluded with Russian Federation and has called the investigation a hoax.
Democrats complain that the president's focus on his own political predicament and attacks by Republicans on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department are stealing focus away from the ongoing peril of foreign interference and the need to secure American elections this year.
But Cardin said Trump needs to flex a little muscle at Moscow.
Given that the United States regards India as a close friend and partner, but views both Russian Federation and China as adversaries, it was not immediately clear why President Trump mentioned all three countries in the same vein, except perhaps for the fact that all three are large nations and Washington should be working with each of them.
Putin's so-called "asymmetrical arsenal", as the report calls it, includes cyberattacks, backing extremist political groups and using media to spread misinformation. Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is probing Russian election meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
Typically, the authors wrote, Moscow has forced its aggression on other nations in the region hoping to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or the European Union.
Asked about claims of Russian interference in Italy's election later this year, Putin strongly rejected the allegations as a "provocation" from outside powers, arguing that Moscow has "very good relations with various political forces" in the country. Institutions such as independent media and opposition parties have been hindered from operating as a result, while "hundreds of billions of dollars stolen and spirited away overseas". Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee received a copy of the report Monday evening.
At that time, there was another Congressional hearing where Facebook, Inc., testified that the Russian ads likely made it to the news feeds of about 126 million people over a two-year period - roughly 40 percent of the USA population.
Harrington, who determined economic sanctions on Russian Federation as being detrimental to the US, thought of relocating or withdrawing the USA forces in the Baltics in a move to please the Kremlin and as a result, allow Trump administration to determine if Russian Federation would cooperate in building an amicable relationship. It also suggests broadcasting and freezing any overseas dirty money tied to Putin or his associates.