Nielsen, at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, was asked about the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Putin directed the campaign to favour Trump, said: "I haven't seen any evidence that the attempts to interfere in our election infrastructure was to favour a particular political party". "I think that we should all be prepared. that they will do it again". "What we've seen on the foreign influence side" is Russian attempts to "cause chaos on both sides".
During the interview, Alexander asked if Nielsen could clarify remarks she made earlier in the year regarding the USA intelligence consensus that Russia's attempts at interference were specifically in favor of Donald Trump.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election", a declassified January 2017 report from the CIA, NSA, FBI, and director of national intelligence said.
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"I agree with the intel community's assessment, full stop", Nielsen replied.
"He's continuing to think about strategies", trying to determine "what is most important on the list to work with Vladimir Putin", who Nielsen said has "a particular goal" to become a "strong power" and "counter American power".
"Russia was absolutely attempting to interfere in our election systems", said Nielsen.More news: Citing Florida law, sheriff won't arrest parking lot shooter
She said there is no question in the intelligence community or at the Department of Homeland Security she heads that Russian Federation attempted to infiltrate and interfere with the US electoral system.
The United States' top intelligence officer said on Thursday that he was just doing his job when he released a statement contradicting the president's comments on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "We also have white supremacists or other groups who self-profess that their objective or motive is violence". "I have tremendous faith in Dan Coats, and if he says that [Russia is a threat], I would accept that", Trump told CBS.
Nielsen also declined to say whether the systematic separation of migrant children from their parents was a form of child abuse and placed the blame for the policy on Congress's failure to pass immigration reform.More news: Trump says 'inconceivable' that Cohen recorded conversation about ex-Playmate payment
She said the department was working to make a court-ordered deadline to reunify children older than 5 by July 26 but it wouldn't cut corners do to it. "I would have suggested a different way, but that's not my role", Coats said, adding that the "risk is always there" that Putin may have recorded the meeting.More news: Be wary of porch pirates post Prime Day