White House press secretary Sarah Sanders answered a barrage of Russian meddling questions from the press corps on Wednesday.
In one particularly tense exchange with CBS News reporter Major Garrett, Sanders was asked if the president was taking action to make sure Russian election interference doesn’t happen again and if she believes Russia is attempting to do it again.
“That’s why we’re taking steps to ensure that they don’t happen again,” Sanders replied, “We wouldn’t spend as much time and effort as we are if we didn’t believe that they were still looking at us.”
Sanders came prepared and rattled off a long list of steps the administration was taking to prevent the hacking of an election.
“From the beginning of his administration, President Trump has taken action to defend our election system from meddling in interference.
In May of 2017, he signed an order to strengthen and review the cyber security of our nation and the infrastructure. The department of homeland security has taken the lead in working with all 50 states, local governments and private companies to improve election security. DHS has increased coordination among all election partners. 34 states, 52 county and local governments and five election companies received cyber security scans regularly from DHS. DHS plans to provide on-site risk and vulnerability assessments to all states that request it. So far 18 states have requested this assessment. A new pilot program was launched to increase rapid response capabilities on Election Day. In 2017, on-site super security support was provided. In March of 2018, Congress provided the election assistance commission with 380 million in funding for election assistance grants to states.”
Sanders was asked if she again believed that Russia was attempting to meddle again. She said bluntly, “I believe the threat still exists. That’s why we’re taking steps to prevent it. You wouldn’t go through that lengthy process if you weren’t.”