Trump administration 'dramatically downsized' federal teams tasked with protecting U.S. elections
There is no doubt that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 election, from using social media to deepen divisions among the electorate to flat-out hacking voter registration systems in at least 18 states that we know of. Russia committed a full-scale assault on our election process, and were they ever successful. Look no further than the incompetent patsy they helped install in the White House.
Although Donald Trump repeatedly promised to strengthen election security, actions speak louder than words. And the only action the Trump administration seems to have taken is to gut the Department of Homeland Security task force responsible for protecting our elections against foreign intrusion. From the Daily Beast:
Two teams of federal officials assembled to fight foreign election interference are being dramatically downsized, according to three current and former Department of Homeland Security officials. And now, those sources say they fear the department won’t prepare adequately for election threats in 2020.
“The clear assessment from the intelligence community is that 2020 is going to be the perfect storm,” said a DHS official familiar with the teams. “We know Russia is going to be engaged. Other state actors have seen the success of Russia and realize the value of disinformation operations. So it’s very curious why the task forces were demoted in the bureaucracy and the leadership has not committed resources to prepare for the 2020 election.”
Curious, indeed. Outrageous, really. Why would they “dramatically downsize” these teams rather than dramatically expand them to protect our elections? Current and former Department of Homeland Security officials are sounding the alarm. As they told the Daily Beast, the task force is withering away ahead of the 2020 election.