Pompeo: More work to do to safeguard elections

During a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he believes the US has more work to do to safeguard elections from Russian interference.

Posted: May 23, 2018 9:26 PM
Updated: May 23, 2018 9:26 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the US has a "great deal more work to do" to safeguard the integrity of American elections ahead of the upcoming 2018 midterms.

"I have to say there is more work to do," Pompeo told lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "We have not been able to achieve deterrence, effective deterrence of some of these efforts of the Russians."

Asked if the administration has forestalled the next attack on US democracy, Pompeo said: "No responsible government official would ever state that they have done enough to forestall any attack on the United States of America."

"We work diligently on it each day we reduce threats, we take them from the battlefield, we take them from the economic sphere, we reduce them diplomatically, we work hard at it every day but I will never share with you that I believe we have accomplished that to 100% certainty," he said.

However, Pompeo also added that he is "incredibly proud" of the Trump administration's efforts to counter Russia, which he described as "light years" ahead of previous administrations.

"This administration has taken enormous efforts to push back on Russia that have not been done in an awfully long time either here in the United States or frankly from our partners who are even more threatened by Russia than we are in Europe and elsewhere," he said.

Last year, as CIA director, Pompeo noted that outside interference remains a threat to the midterm elections in 2018 and the next presidential election in 2020.

"We are at risk in 2018 and 2020 ... we are always at risk," Pompeo said at the time.

On Tuesday, House members received a classified briefing on the federal government's efforts to secure state elections for the 2018 midterms.

Some lawmakers have raised concerns that the federal government has not adequately prepared states for the continued threat from Russia and other countries to meddle in the upcoming elections.

After the briefing, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen made the case that other state actors — including Iran and China, along with Russia — will try to meddle again in 2018. And she laid out what she believes is a comprehensive federal-state strategy on combating foreign inference.

The briefing itself was lightly attended by House members, with several lawmakers saying only 40 to 50 were in attendance.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 42281

Reported Deaths: 1540
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin13568791
Ramsey5256233
Dakota271396
Stearns252319
Anoka2422111
Nobles16886
Washington128341
Olmsted127620
Mower9832
Rice8848
Scott8814
Clay61338
Kandiyohi5931
Blue Earth5752
Wright5395
Carver4942
Todd4032
Sherburne3695
Lyon3442
Freeborn3130
Watonwan2710
Steele2471
Benton2393
St. Louis23516
Nicollet20612
Martin1755
Winona14415
Goodhue1428
Cottonwood1410
Le Sueur1321
Otter Tail1141
Crow Wing11312
Pine1130
Chisago1101
McLeod1030
Dodge970
Carlton940
Polk903
Unassigned8838
Isanti830
Murray820
Chippewa811
Waseca780
Pipestone744
Douglas730
Itasca7112
Becker660
Morrison661
Meeker641
Faribault620
Sibley582
Jackson570
Pennington540
Beltrami530
Brown462
Mille Lacs402
Wabasha390
Renville372
Fillmore360
Rock340
Swift331
Grant320
Houston320
Yellow Medicine310
Roseau280
Redwood250
Wilkin223
Koochiching211
Norman210
Cass192
Lincoln190
Big Stone170
Kanabec171
Wadena170
Aitkin160
Marshall160
Clearwater130
Mahnomen131
Pope130
Stevens110
Hubbard100
Lake90
Traverse60
Lac qui Parle50
Red Lake40
Kittson20
Cook10
Lake of the Woods00

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 35313

Reported Deaths: 751
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk7538185
Woodbury334644
Black Hawk251959
Buena Vista173811
Johnson14798
Dallas140931
Linn139983
Marshall110019
Scott108410
Dubuque97823
Story8726
Pottawattamie83513
Wapello71531
Muscatine69345
Crawford6813
Sioux5050
Tama48729
Webster4285
Wright3991
Louisa36713
Jasper35417
Plymouth3525
Warren3331
Cerro Gordo3171
Dickinson3063
Washington2569
Hamilton2021
Boone1721
Clay1501
Clarke1443
Allamakee1384
Clinton1381
Mahaska11917
Shelby1190
Carroll1171
Bremer1167
Poweshiek1138
Franklin1120
Pocahontas1091
Des Moines1022
Emmet970
Cedar961
Henry933
Hardin920
Cherokee851
Marion850
Floyd822
Taylor810
Guthrie784
Monona780
Benton751
Jones721
Butler702
Osceola690
Sac680
Buchanan651
Calhoun652
Iowa631
Jefferson630
Harrison620
Hancock611
Jackson610
Humboldt601
Lyon600
Fayette590
Delaware561
Madison552
Lee542
Mills530
Palo Alto530
Monroe527
Clayton503
Winneshiek500
Grundy470
Mitchell460
Winnebago440
Davis431
Union430
Kossuth420
Howard370
Lucas354
Unassigned350
Chickasaw310
Greene310
Cass300
Worth250
Ida230
Keokuk231
Appanoose223
Page220
Van Buren210
Audubon181
Adair170
Ringgold161
Montgomery152
Decatur130
Fremont110
Wayne110
Adams80
Rochester
Scattered Clouds
80° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 82°
Mason City
Few Clouds
84° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 87°
Albert Lea
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 83°
Austin
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 83°
Charles City
Few Clouds
84° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 87°
Beautiful day today, storm chances return Tuesday
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Dave Noon Wx 7-13

Image

Mental health resources

Image

Dave Main Wx 6:30a 7/13

Image

Extended tax deadline is just two days away

Image

Zollman Zoo adapting to social distancing guidelines

Image

25th Anniversary Jodi

Image

New MC Test Site

Image

Operation Dry Water

Image

CL Splash Pad Opening

Image

MC Fireworks Ordinance Change

Community Events