Two senators are concerned that President Donald Trump and the White House aren’t doing enough to secure the midterm elections, with a Republican telling CNN that Trump “is the only one” not paying attention to Russian threats.
Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., are poised to get a vote on the Senate floor this month to shore up the nation’s election systems, but more has to be done with the midterms less than 100 days away.
“The intelligence community has been very active on this, the Department of Homeland Security has been active on this,” Lankford told CNN. “While the president has been inconsistent in his tweets, and some of the messaging that he’s put on it, he’s the only one in the government that hasn’t been paying attention to this.”
Further, they say, the threat is an acute one for the Senate, with Lankford telling CNN that Russian hackers have targeted nearly every sitting senator.
It’s a “pretty regular thing around here,” Lankford told CNN. “I would be shocked if there’s a senator that hasn’t been targeted, quite frankly.”
Lankford, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Klobuchar have proposed “The Secure Elections Act,” a bill aimed at fortifying state and federal responses to cyber-security threats amid elections.
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