Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Time To Respond

The word "chutzpah" does no do justice to Trump's pet dog, Mike Pence. Poltico reports

In a fiery campaign-style speech thrashing the Obama administration's efforts at defending the country against cyberattacks, Vice President Mike Pence said the White House is preparing to unveil a national strategy to defend the nation against growing digital threats.

"The American people demand and deserve the strongest possible defense and we will give it to them," Pence promised, saying President Donald Trump "inherited" the current "cyber crisis" from President Barack Obama.

Talk to your owner, buckaroo.  He couldn't have forgotten two weeks ago when a pool reporter at a meeting of the President's cabinet asked Trump whether Russia is still "targeting"

He must have recalled two weeks ago when at a meeting of the President's Cabinet, a pool reporter asked "is Russia still targeting the U.S." and the President unequivocally replied "no."

Trump's poodle claimed the last President ignored evidence of Russian meddling. However, the current president denies the accumulating evidence and implores the nation to move on, even issuing an implied threat to the Attorney General.  It wasn't until June of 2017 that it became widely known that in September of 2016 Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, FBI Director James Comey, and White House homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco

arrived on Capitol Hill in a caravan of black SUVs for a meeting with 12 key members of Congress, including the leadership of both parties.

The meeting devolved into a partisan squabble.

“The Dems were, ‘Hey, we have to tell the public,’ ” recalled one participant. But Republicans resisted, arguing that to warn the public that the election was under attack would further Russia’s aim of sapping confidence in the system.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went further, officials said, voicing skepticism that the underlying intelligence truly supported the White House’s claims. Through a spokeswoman, McConnell declined to comment, citing the secrecy of that meeting.

Later that month, two Democrats, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Adam Schiff

issued a statement making clear that they had learned from intelligence briefings that Russia was directing a campaign to undermine the election, but they stopped short of saying to what end.

A week later, McConnell and other congressional leaders issued a cautious statement that encouraged state election officials to ensure their networks were “secure from attack.” The release made no mention of Russia and emphasized that the lawmakers “would oppose any effort by the federal government” to encroach on the states’ authorities.

The GOP is still at it, and earlier this month House Republicans

voted down a Democratic effort to increase election security spending, as Democrats accused the GOP of refusing to stand up to Russia over interference in U.S. elections.

In a vote along party lines, Republicans rejected Democrats’ motion for more funding, unmoved by Democrats’ vigorous pleas and chants of “USA! USA!” on the House floor.

The election security funding vote came amid a national controversy over Russian election interference, and it comes days after President Trump appeared to accept Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s contention that Russia did not intervene in the 2016 presidential race — even though U.S. intelligence agencies say otherwise.

Notwithstanding a few exceptions, Democratic members of Congress have been reticent to call out Team Russia for encouraging Russian interference in the 2018 elections. But they have not been as quiet as former President Barack Obama.

President Obama's intentions were noble but his actions insufficient, partly because of resistance from the GOP.  Yet, he has said nothing to defend himself against not only the Vice President but against the incumbent President, who has tweeted

Like master, like poodle, they claim President Obama stood by and ignored the very attack on our democratic process which was aimed to install Donald Trump and Mike Pence in power. Now it is up to the subject of their ridicule to defend his Party and his own record..

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