Donald Trump’s senior national security officials said they were speaking for the president when they stood together in the White House Thursday and vowed to combat ongoing Russian cyber meddling.
But Trump himself remained silent.
In an unusual appearance in the White House briefing room, several top security and intelligence chiefs accused Moscow of ongoing influence operations, ranging from social media disinformation campaigns to attempts to hack political targets and infiltrate the country’s electoral infrastructure.
“We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told reporters at the White House. “We’re throwing everything at it.”
No organization, whether it be a corporation or the U.S. Government can get anything done without the influence of its leader.
Not only did Trump not back up his intelligence staff, he made fun of them at his latest rally. There is no other way to define the word ‘traitor.’