Delaney jabs at Trump, says he believes US intel community over Putin
September 10, 2020
Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what ‘policing’ means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan says there will be consequences from fraying US-China relations; WHO walks back claims on asymptomatic spread of virus MORE (D-Md.), a 2020 presidential candidate, jabbed at President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE on Sunday, saying that he trusts the U.S. intelligence committee over Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“All 17 national security agencies in the United States of America … are in unanimous agreement that Russia intentionally interfered in our elections,” Delaney said in response to a question about Russia’s election interference in the 2016 presidential race.
“So I believe them over Putin, so I’ll start with that,” he said.
Delaney, speaking at a CNN town hall in Austin, Texas, accused Trump of not doing enough to harden the country’s elections systems against foreign interference.
“I wouldn’t believe Vladimir Putin just because he said he didn’t do it, which is what the current president is doing,” Delaney said.
“I would believe our intelligence agencies. I would make it clear to Russia that we have a zero tolerance policy as it relates to them interfering in our elections, but I would also make sure that our systems are hardened against cyberattacks generally, but against this attack, specifically, because it gets to the core functioning of our democracy,” he added.
Delaney’s comments came almost a month after former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeLisa Page joins MSNBC as legal analyst McCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe New FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justification MORE said Trump once dismissed intelligence on North Korea given to him by U.S. officials, telling them, “I don’t care, I believe Putin.”
Trump told officials in a meeting that he did not believe North Korean missiles could strike the U.S. mainland because Putin told him those missiles did not exist, according to McCabe.
“Intelligence officials in the briefing responded that that was not consistent with any of the intelligence our government possesses to which the president replied, ‘I don’t care. I believe Putin,’ ” McCabe said in February.