This should be the most pressing national security issue on the government’s agenda.
Courtesy of NBC News:
After nearly two years of calling Russian election interference a hoax and its investigation a witch hunt, President Donald Trump on Friday presided over the first National Security Council meeting devoted to defending American democracy from foreign manipulation.
“The President has made it clear that his administration will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections from any nation-state or other malicious actors,” the White House said in a statement afterward.
But current and former officials tell NBC News that 19 months into his presidency, there is no coherent Trump administration strategy to combat foreign election interference — and no single person or agency in charge.
In the statement, the White House took issue with that, saying a strategy was put in motion when Trump took office. No such strategy has been made public — or even mentioned before.
The article points out that there are various agencies who are supposedly reinforcing security on their end of things, but no cohesive strategy nor any one person in charge to oversee the progress.
In fact, the Trump Administration has weakened cybersecurity in a number of ways, which included eliminating the job of cybersecurity coordinator on the National Security Council.
Let’s face it, Trump benefited from intrusion by a foreign actor in 2016 and is counting on more of their help in 2018 and 2020.