Senate Report Outlines Playbook to Prevent Future Russian Election Meddling

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Senate Report Outlines Playbook to Prevent Future Russian Election Meddling

Vajdich also said other Republicans may have been reluctant to sign on to such a report in case it became a political football.

Unfortunately Russia, China and other countries know that likes to be flattered, and they are more than willing to oblige in order to receive favorable treatment by our insecure president.

The Russian Embassy did not respond to requests for comment.

Titled "Never before has a president ignored such a clear national security threat", Cardin says Trump is completely ignoring his responsibility to ensure that Russian Federation doesn't meddle in the upcoming 2018 elections in November.

"President Trump must be clear-eyed about the Russian threat, take action to strengthen our government's response and our institutions, and - as have other presidents in times of crisis - mobilize our country and work with an global coalition to counter the threat and assert our values", he said.

'Interview' with Mueller unlikely: Trump President Donald Trump on Thursday hinted that it "seems unlikely" that he would allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller to "interview" him in the ongoing probe into the potential links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 USA presidential election.

The ads were released to the public amid the ongoing investigation by the federal government of the Russian hacking and interference of the 2016 Presidential election.

Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin (right) is an outspoken critic of the Kremlin.

In the past, Trump officials have given mixed messages about how to deal with Russian Federation, with Trump himself espousing more conciliatory policies, while others backing stronger responses, including financial sanctions and more US military weaponry for European allies. The agencies did not look at whether the Russian effort affected any votes. Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Cardin had kept the Tennessee Republican informed about the report.

Instead he should build a strategy for "education ministries, civil society, and independent news organisations" to front the defence against Russian interference.

During a trip to Asia last November, where he met with Russian President Putin, Trump told reporters that he was exhausted of bringing the subject up with Russia's leader.

Cardin explained the report is an effort for Americans to understand the "true scope and scale" of attempts from Russian President Vladimir Putin to undermine democracy.

Mr. Putin has thus made it a priority of his regime to attack the democracies of Europe and the United States and undermine the transatlantic alliance upon which Europe's peace and prosperity have depended upon for over 70 years.

The report points to Europe to provide a roadmap for the USA going forward.

Putin has used disinformation, cyberattacks and financial support for fringe political parties and groups, the report says.

For the United States, the report calls for establishing a single government body to coordinate the USA response to Kremlin operations, publicizing assets and wealth held by Kremlin officials and politically connected businessmen in the West, and formalizing various Russia-related sanctions programs into a single designation: "State Hybrid Threat Actor".

Spain has cracked down on Russia-based organized crime groups, while France has created a coordinated effort among government, political and media groups to dilute the impact of Russian hacking and smear campaigns.

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