White House previews election security efforts against Russia, others

August 2, 2018 GMT

The White House gave a presentation by top government national security officials detailing how President Trump has directed them to confront meddling by Russia and others in the midterm elections.

“We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States,” said Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. “The president has specifically directed us to make the matter of election meddling and security of our election process a top priority. We have done that.”

White House national security adviser John R. Bolton said the administration’s national security team meets on the subject regularly.

“The president has made it very clear, I think, what his priority is,” Mr. Bolton said.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said, “our democracy itself is in the crosshairs.”

Officials including FBI Director Christopher Wray outlined efforts at working with state and local election officials to identify weaknesses in their election systems.