Russia's Vladimir Putin: 'Of Course We're Going To Interfere' In 2020 Election
Russian media analyst Julia Davis tweeted on Wednesday morning that Russian President Vladimir Putin openly admitted on state TV that his country will meddle in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
“Putin about 2020 U.S. elections: ‘Of course we're going to interfere,’” Davis quoted the Russian president as saying.
In a subsequent tweet, she thanked President Donald Trump for the development, noting that “the Kremlin is openly laughing at” the United States.
Julia Davis on Twitter
“The Kremlin is openly laughing at us. Thanks, @realDonaldTrump. https://t.co/yQ58d9oiVq”
Trump has said on more than one occasion that he believed Putin when the Russian president claimed to have nothing to do with interference in the 2016 election, which resulted in Trump’s victory.
But the U.S. intelligence community begged to differ, finding that Russia engaged in massive efforts to influence the election with a clear preference for Trump to win.
As the next election looms, critics of both the Trump administration and Congress have warned that the federal government is not doing enough to protect the country from further foreign interference — be it from Russia or any other adversary.
The Washington Post reported just last week that “President Trump told two senior Russian officials in a 2017 Oval Office meeting that he was unconcerned about Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election because the United States did the same in other countries.”