Donald Trump's national security adviser denies Russian interference in US election 2020, says 'seen no intel helping President'

Since that briefing, Trump has ousted the acting intelligence chief, replacing him with a political loyalist in an abrupt move as Democrats and former US officials raised the alarm over national security concerns.

Reuters February 23, 2020 13:37:33 IST
Donald Trump's national security adviser denies Russian interference in US election 2020, says 'seen no intel helping President'
  • Robert O’Brien’s comments come after conflicting accounts emerged from a recent closed-door briefing by intelligence officials, who spoke to lawmakers about Russian interference in the 2020 campaign.

  • 'I haven't seen any intelligence that Russia is doing anything to attempt to get president Donald Trump reelected', said O’Brien.

  • US intelligence officials told members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in a classified briefing that Russia was again interfering in American politics.

Washington: US president Donald Trump’s national security adviser denied that US intelligence officials have warned that Russia has been interfering in the US presidential campaign to boost Trump’s re-election chances.

Donald Trumps national security adviser denies Russian interference in US election 2020 says seen no intel helping President

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"I haven’t seen any intelligence that Russia is doing anything to attempt to get president Donald Trump reelected," Robert O’Brien, who was appointed by Trump to the post in September, 2019, said in an ABC News interview to be broadcast on Sunday.

"I have not seen that, and I get pretty good access," O'brien said, according to excerpts released on Saturday.

US intelligence officials told members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in a classified briefing that Russia was again interfering in American politics ahead of 2020 November's presidential election, as it did in 2016, a person familiar with the discussion told Reuters on Thursday.

Since that briefing, Trump has ousted the acting intelligence chief, replacing him with a political loyalist in an abrupt move as Democrats and former US officials raised the alarm over national security concerns.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also said on Friday he had been told by US intelligence officials about a month ago that Russia appeared to be engaging in disinformation and propaganda campaigns to boost his 2020 campaign.

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