To drive the point home, leaders from four United States intelligence agencies and John Bolton, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, addressed Russian election influence campaigns at a press briefing Thursday.
The officials all said that Russian Federation is engaged in continued efforts to meddle in United States elections with influence and misinformation campaigns, but emphasized that it's not yet at the scale that U.S. intelligence agencies saw in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election. He provoked an uproar at his July meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, when he cast doubt on USA intelligence findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
Coats and Nielsen were joined by Director of the National Security Agency Gen. Paul Nakasone, National Security Adviser John Bolton, and Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray.
"We will continue to monitor and warn of any such efforts".
"This is a threat that we need to take extremely seriously".
Donald Trump on Wednesday told his attorney general to end the high-profile investigation into Russian election meddling that has ensnared key members of his presidential campaign and cast a long shadow over his White House.
Their rare appearance during a White House briefing came as a display of resolve, weeks after Trump publicly undermined the conclusions of American intelligence agencies regarding Russian interference.
Coats appeared with National Security Adviser John Bolton, FBI Director John Wray, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and National Security Agency Director Paul Nakasone.
President Donald Trump set tongues wagging last week, tweeting that Russian Federation might be "pushing very hard for the Democrats" in the midterms, given his "tough" policies towards Moscow.
And we're doing everything we can to have a legitimate election that the American people can have trust in, ' said Director of national intelligence Dan Coats.
"Jared is working on a lot of very important things, this has become I think just about number one on your list - who would have thought?" "But if anyone helped Russian Federation to hack/steal they deserve justice", said Republican operative Ari Fleischer. This president actually wants to prove something to our community, our faith-based community and our ethnic community.
Amid the criticism from both sides of the political aisle, Mr Trump's personal attorneys also sought to walk back the comment, insisting the president was not ordering Sessions to do anything. State and county officials have complained, however, that they lack money and time to make voting systems more secure. He assured, "We are looking at that also".
She noted it's not "unreasonable" for election officials to ask for an ID.
Voting rights groups argue voter ID laws disproportionately target and disenfranchise minorities.