30, April 2019
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed that Russia would seek to interfere in American elections for decades to come, after allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.
In an interview with The Hill newspaper on Monday, Pompeo waned that Washington would try to thwart Moscow’s efforts to influence future elections in the US.
“It goes without saying, they were a threat to our elections in 1974, too, and they interfered in our elections in the ’80s,” Pompeo said.
“And we should expect in 2050, the Russians will be at it still,” he added.
The top US diplomat said that Trump “has directed us all to be incredibly focused” on countering meddling by Russia as well as other adversaries.
The investigation by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which had cast a shadow over Trump since he took office, claims that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 US election but did not find that the Trump election campaign colluded with Moscow.
US intelligence agencies claim Moscow meddled in the election with a campaign of email hacking and online propaganda aimed at sowing discord in the United States, hurting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and helping Trump.
Russia denies election interference and accuses the US of illegal interference of its own in the domestic affairs of countries such as Venezuela.