Pelosi:Russia, China Threats Not Equal 08/10 06:13
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday the threats of interference in the
U.S. presidential election from Russia and China are not equal, pointing to a
more serious risk with Moscow's efforts to boost President Donald Trump's
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday the threats of
interference in the U.S. presidential election from Russia and China are not
equal, pointing to a more serious risk with Moscow's efforts to boost President
Donald Trump's reelection bid.
"They're not equivalent," said Pelosi, D-Calif. "Russia is actively 24/7
interfering in our election. They did so in 2016, and they are doing so now."
She urged intelligence agencies to "put more information out there" on the
specific nature of the threats.
An intelligence report last week said Russia was already using a "range of
measures" to undercut Trump's Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, and promote
Trump with misinformation on social media. The statement Friday by William
Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, also
said China does not want Trump to win a second term and has accelerated its
criticism of the White House, and that Iran is also hoping Trump will lose.
Pelosi said trying to equate China and Russia on the threat of foreign
election interference doesn't tell the story.
"The Chinese, they said, prefer Biden --- we don't know that, but that's
what they're saying, but they're not really getting involved in the
presidential election," she said.
Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said Sunday that the U.S.
is taking any threat to U.S. elections seriously. He said that China has
engaged in cyberattacks and phishing "with respect to our election
"We're not going to put up with it," he said. "We're going to take every
action necessary to keep folks out, whether it's China or Russia or Iran or
Cuba or Venezuela or others."
Pelosi and other congressional Democrats have expressed concern that
intelligence agencies have been withholding from the public specific
intelligence information about the threat of foreign interference in American
"The facts are chilling," Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., wrote in an
op-ed published Friday evening in The Washington Post. "I believe the American
public needs and deserves to know them. The information should be declassified
Pelosi spoke on CNN's "State of the Union" and "Fox News Sunday"and O'Brien
appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation."