The Pardu

The Pardu
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Your Vote, Your Sec'y of State And Your President

Image result for russian cyber attack on usaWhat we recently heard from Trump's Sec'y of State, Rex Tillerson about Putin's interference in US elections is indicative of an administration who cannot "shoot straight."

MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle along with all cable media (including some Fox News shows) offered a segment about Tillerson's remarks. I will add his remarks were pathetic and seem to allow a path for Putin to again strike in 2018. Lest we forget Putin one adorned Tillerson with a high level Russian awarded when Tillerson ran Exxon Mobil.  

If you recall Donald Trump has only fleetingly and very hesitantly commented on Russian tampering to help hi win in 2016. In fact, I suspect he will continue to turn a shoulder to the issue if left to his preferences. We are fortunate to have Americans who, regardless of exposure to Trump and his henchmen, speak out in defiance of Putin and his desire to influence world order across the globe.

There are former administration officials who speak frankly about Putin's internet army:
We were able to determine that the scanning and probing of voter registration databases was coming from the Russian government.” said Jeh Johnson the former DHS Secretary.
We also have a few current administration officials who place county over Trumpism, while speaking about Russain meddling. One such American is the current head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, Jeanette Manfra.

Jeanette Manfra NBC News. She spoke in the context of a close election if three states and the potential for tampering in two of those states: Michigan and Wisconsin.
How close was the race? Well, the election was essentially decided by 107,000 people in these three states. If it swung the other way, Clinton would have packed on another 46 electoral votes.
Since being elected, President Trump has repeatedly denied interference by the Russians, and later on in his presidency, with mounting evidence, he still refused to 100% make the claim.
"I don't know that I would say we are better prepared, because the Russians will adapt, as well. The point is, if it's their intention to interfere, they are going to find ways to do that. We can take steps, but this is something that, once they decide they are going to do it, it's very difficult to pre-empt it."
Quite a comment from a Secy of State. A statement sure to pass Trump's ever-present scrutiny and a statement which will feed Putin's ego and willingness to repeat his 2016 election acts. 

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