Former head of DHS told she could not discuss Russian interference in front of Trump because he felt it questioned the legitimacy of his presidency..

By |2019-04-25T06:08:38-08:00April 25th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |8 Comments

Or perhaps it’s because he does not want the interference to stop?

Courtesy of NYT:

In the months before Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to resign, she tried to focus the White House on one of her highest priorities as homeland security secretary: preparing for new and different Russian forms of interference in the 2020 election.

President Trump’s chief of staff told her not to bring it up in front of the president.

Ms. Nielsen left the Department of Homeland Security early this month after a tumultuous 16-month tenure and tensions with the White House. Officials said she had become increasingly concerned about Russia’s continued activity in the United States during and after the 2018 midterm elections — ranging from its search for new techniques to divide Americans using social media, to experiments by hackers, to rerouting internet traffic and infiltrating power grids.

But in a meeting this year, Mick Mulvaney, the White House chief of staff, made it clear that Mr. Trump still equated any public discussion of malign Russian election activity with questions about the legitimacy of his victory. According to one senior administration official, Mr. Mulvaney said it “wasn’t a great subject and should be kept below his level.”

Even though the Department of Homeland Security has primary responsibility for civilian cyberdefense, Ms. Nielsen eventually gave up on her effort to organize a White House meeting of cabinet secretaries to coordinate a strategy to protect next year’s elections.

As a result, the issue did not gain the urgency or widespread attention that a president can command. And it meant that many Americans remain unaware of the latest versions of Russian interference.

So we are left vulnerable to further cyber attacks from Russia because talking about defending ourselves makes Donald Trump feel insecure? 

That sounds to me as if Trump well knows that he could not have won in 2016 without help from Russia and is desperate to keep people from figuring that out. 

This all by itself is enough reason to want Trump out of office. 

As long as he remains in the White House, we remain vulnerable to attack. 

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8 Comments

  1. Anon April 25, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Trump stays until the Bible is reprinted with the words, “do not vote for trump at the ballot box, effective immediately”. The ignorant – because of their literalism – are simply that ignorant.

  2. Anon April 25, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Does she ever try out any spices beyond salt and pepper? Does the bible have to write about spices for them to exist??

  3. rawstory April 25, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    “Embattled Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has gone underground with his re-election campaign fundraisers, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reported Thursday.

    “Central Valley Congressman Devin Nunes is coming to San Luis Obispo County for a Republican fundraiser in June. That’s assuming ‘tight security issues’ don’t upend the plans, as they did at a recent Nunes event,” the Tribune reported.
    The newspaper obtained a copy of the invite to the fundraiser, which advertised $55 tickets for general admission or $150 for VIP access.

    “But the email also includes this unusual message to recipients: ‘Due to tight security issues, please DO NOT POST anything about this event on your social media: Not your website, Facebook, Twitter nor any other! Thank you!’” the newspaper reported.

    This was not the first time “security” has been cited.

    “It’s unclear what the security issues might be or why the group wouldn’t want to widely publicize an event planned as a fundraiser,” Tribune noted. “Earlier this month, Nunes, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a dinner for the Fresno County Republican Party, but it was canceled after a wave of social media posts urged people to disrupt the event, The Fresno Bee reported. In a tweet, the Fresno Republican Party cited ‘security reasons’ as the motivation.”

    Nunes’ staff have a history of calling 9-1-1 on protesters.

    “In recent years, Nunes has scaled back public appearances in his home district,” the newspaper noted.

    While Nunes has not been meeting with constituents, the congressman did find the time to sue Twitter for a parody account.

    Nunes is also suing his hometown newspaper, the Fresno Bee via parent company McClatchy.

    In their story on Nunes’ secret San Luis Obispo fundraiser, the Tribune, which is also owned by McClatchy, noted, “McClatchy has not yet been served with the lawsuit” that Nunes announced weeks ago.”

  4. Beaglemom April 25, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    What a sensitive man Don the Con is! Who would have thought it?

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  6. anon April 26, 2019 at 6:50 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/04/26/after-report-that-trump-approved-2-million-bill-he-says-u-s-paid-no-money-to-north-korea-over-otto-warmbier.html

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/04/26/north-korean-leader-warns-of-a-return-to-tension-blames-u-s-bad-faith.html

    ““The situation on the Korean peninsula and the region is now at a standstill and has reached a critical point where it may return to its original state as the U.S. took a unilateral attitude in bad faith at the recent second DPRK-U.S. summit talks,” North Korea’s KCNA reported Kim as saying.”
    “They only need guarantees about their security. That’s it. All of us together need to think about this,” Putin told reporters after talks with Kim, referring to North Korea.” “Such guarantees would have to be international, legally binding, and vouch for North Korea’s sovereignty,”

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