Admin Officials Urge Super Tuesday Voters To Be Aware Of ‘Foreign Actors’

WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 12: A voter departs a polling station at Nottingham Elementary School February 12, 2008 in Arlington, Virginia. Voters in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia head to the polls today... WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 12: A voter departs a polling station at Nottingham Elementary School February 12, 2008 in Arlington, Virginia. Voters in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia head to the polls today for state and district primaries. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Senior Trump administration officials from eight federal agencies issued a joint statement Monday urging Super Tuesday voters to be vigilant of “foreign actors” attempting to exert influence during primary season.

The statement released Monday — which includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General William Barr, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and FBI director Chris Wray — said that “we continue to work with all 50 states, U.S. territories, local officials, political parties, and private sector partners to keep elections free from foreign interference.”

The administration officials said that voters must remain aware that “foreign actors continue to try to influence public sentiment and shape voter perceptions.”

“They spread false information and propaganda about political processes and candidates on social media in hopes to cause confusion and create doubt in our system,” the officials wrote in the statement. “We remain alert and ready to respond to any efforts to disrupt the 2020 elections. We continue to make it clear to foreign actors that any effort to undermine our democratic processes will be met with sharp consequences.”

After officials asserted in the statement that the “level of coordination and communication between the federal government and state, local, and private sector partners is stronger than it’s ever been,” they wrote that “voters have a role to play too” in countering foreign influence and that a “well-informed and vigilant republic is the best defense against disinformation.”

Read the joint statement here.

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  1. “Foreign Actors?” Like Donald Trump?

  2. Foreign actors warn Amurikkka to be wary of foreign actors. Story at 11.

  3. If this was a serious effort, Chris Wray would start by slapping cuffs on William Barr and Mike Pompeo and any number of GOP enablers who have assisted in the dissemination of Russian propaganda designed to undercut our democracy.

  4. Avatar for pshah pshah says:

    they wrote that “voters have a role to play too” in countering foreign influence and that a “well-informed and vigilant republic is the best defense against disinformation.”

    So, apparently, we have a role, but the Senate doesn’t. The press should be all over Mitch McConnell right about now, to grill him incessantly about why he refuses to safeguard our elections.

  5. Avatar for tena tena says:

    Who convinced him that they need to look like serious people all of a sudden?

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