TRUMP SECURITY ADVISER CLAIMS CHINA POLL MEDDLING IS ‘INTENSE’
China has taken the most active role among countries seeking to interfere in the US election and has the biggest program to influence domestic politics, U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien said on Friday, without providing any detail.
“We know the Chinese have taken the most active role,” O’Brien told reporters at a briefing, Jeff Mason and Daphne Psaledakis reported for Reuters on September 5. 2020. He said China had “had the most massive program to influence the United States politically,” followed by Iran and then Russia.
US intelligence found that Russia orchestrated a cyber campaign to sway the 2016 presidential election in Republican Donald Trump’s favor and there have been reports hackers may try to influence the election on Nov. 3. Moscow has denied interfering in 2016.
“We’ve made it very clear to the Chinese, to the Russians, to the Iranians and others that haven’t been publicly disclosed that anyone ... that attempts to interfere with the American elections will face extraordinary consequences,” O’Brien said. Trump-appointed Attorney General William Barr said on Wednesday he believed China was more of a threat than Russia when it came to election interference, also without offering details.