Trump on Russian Interference in 2018: 'We'll Counteract Whatever They Do'
During a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, President Donald Trump responded to a question about Russian election meddling.
A Swedish reporter asked Trump about Russian efforts to interfere in American elections.
.@POTUS: "The Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever, but certainly there was meddling...You have to be really watching very closely. You don't want your system of votes to be compromised in any way." pic.twitter.com/JSWJToIpax
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 6, 2018
Trump said the Russians had "no impact [on] our votes [in 2016] whatsoever."
Trump declared that the Russians meddled in the election and that his administration is doing a "very deep study" on how to prevent such interference in the 2018 midterms.
The president added that the U.S. should retrovert its voting systems to allow for additional paper balloting as a backup against cyber-interference.
"We'll counteract whatever they do," he added.
No cabinet meeting devoted to protecting 2018 elections from foreign interference. Bipartisan sanctions to punish and deter Russian meddling sitting in your desk drawer for months. $120 million allocated by Congress to fight Russian propaganda unspent. This is dereliction of duty
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 5, 2018
On Monday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called it a "dereliction of duty" that Trump reportedly has not held a cabinet meeting on safeguards for the 2018 election.