White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said he doesn't recall telling aides not to talk about election security with President Donald Trump, Politico reported on Wednesday.
Mulvaney made the comment after The New York Times reported that he thwarted former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s attempts to raise the alarm about Russian interference in American elections.
The Times reported that Mulvaney made it clear that Trump viewed any public talk of malign Russian election activity with questions about the legitimacy of his victory and thus did not want the subject discussed.
The Times said its article was based on talking with three senior administration officials and one former official.
However, Politico reported that Mulvaney said in a statement that "I don't recall anything along those lines happening in any meeting."
The chief of staff also stressed that the White House is working to ensure neither Russia nor any other foreign adversary interferes in the 2020 vote.
"Unlike the Obama administration, who knew about Russian actions in 2014 and did nothing, the Trump administration will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections, and we've already taken many steps to prevent it in the future,” he claimed.
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