One of President Donald Trump’s top cabinet officials told a gathering of cybersecurity leaders on Tuesday that the Russians attacked the 2016 presidential election and that “America will not tolerate this meddling.”
“Two years ago, a foreign power launched a brazen, multi-faceted influence campaign … to distort our presidential election,” said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during an opening roundtable at the DHS National Cybersecurity Summit in New York. “Let me be clear: Our intelligence community had it right. It was the Russians.”
“We know that, they know that. It was directed from the highest levels. And we cannot and will not allow it to happen again.”
Nielsen’s unequivocal rhetoric, and her willingness to point fingers at the upper echelons of Vladimir Putin’s government, were a sharp contrast with Trump’s shifting position on whether the Russians interfered in the 2016 U.S. election and his skepticism about the assessments of the U.S. intelligence community.
During his summit with…