Tillerson Believes 'Russian Meddling' in Foreign Elections Difficult to Preempt

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Tillerson Believes 'Russian Meddling' in Foreign Elections Difficult to Preempt

Speaking in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday evening, Tillerson appeared to adopt a defeatist attitude towards the idea that there could be an attempt by Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the midterms.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo also warned last month that Russian Federation will nearly certainly attempt to influence the 2018 midterm elections.

"We're looking at how to mitigate... the impacts on USA business interests", said Tillerson, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil (XOM).

"I don't want to get into specifics because we're going to undertake a very quick study to see are there some things that the United States could easily do with our rich energy endowment, with the infrastructure that we already have available what could we do to perhaps soften any impact of that", Tillerson said.

"The point is, if it's their intention to interfere, they are going to find ways to do that". “So we're going to do this work, take it to him and let him make the decision.”.

"I think we are doing some good things, but what we lack - when the president of the United States doesn't acknowledge this threat, we lack a whole of government approach".

"The Lima Group is ready to speak out on the issue of the elections in Venezuela and we certainly believe that we need to strengthen the humanitarian aid because otherwise we will have a country with very serious problems", said President Kuczynski.

Tillerson, a former chief executive of United States energy giant ExxonMobil, said that he had also discussed with the Jamaicans how their neighbours, some of whom need more oil, would react. "For the cost of one new airplane, they managed to sow dissension in our country", Warner said. "My advice would be. pay attention to what's happening".

He went on, however, to attack the Trump administration for not taking any "demonstrable" steps to prevent the Russians from getting into voting rolls and other data.

Despite that assessment from his State Department chief, President Donald Trump last week refused to implement new congressionally-approved sanctions against the foreign power.

Pompeo, in an interview with the BBC last month, said he still sees Russian Federation primarily as an adversary, sharing the concerns by many European governments about its subversion.

"If the kitchen gets a little too hot for him, I am sure that he's got some friends over in Cuba that could give him a nice hacienda on the beach and he could have a nice life over there", Tillerson said, arguing his peaceful ouster would be preferable to violence.

Asked if his concerns extended to the United States midterm elections, he said, "Of course".

Pompeo said the USA will "push back in a way that is sufficiently robust that the impact they have on our election won't be great".

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