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WH: 'Nobody Denying' Mike Rogers 'Authority' on Russia

WH: 'Nobody Denying' Mike Rogers 'Authority' on Russia
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By    |   Tuesday, 27 February 2018 04:48 PM

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday beat back testimony by National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers that he has not been directed by President Donald Trump to stop Russian election meddling, telling reporters that "nobody is denying him the authority."

"We're looking at a number of different ways where we can put pressure" on the Kremlin, she said at the daily press briefing. "This president … has been much tougher on Russian than his predecessor.

"Let's recall that this happened under President [Barack] Obama, not under President Trump.

"The president is looking at all the different causes and all the different ways that we can prevent it," Sanders added. "As we find different ways we can do that, we're implementing them."

Rogers, who also leads the U.S. Cyber Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the president has not specifically directed him to stop Kremlin cyberattacks targeting U.S. elections, The Hill reports.

"I haven't been granted any additional authorities," Rogers said, adding that he also has not asked for additional authority to counter Moscow's efforts.

"I need a policy decision that indicates there is specific direction to do that," he told senators. "The president ultimately would make this decision in accordance with a recommendation from the Secretary of Defense."

However, Rogers said that he has directed his cyber forces to "begin some specific work" on the issue, but declined to be more specific because the details were classified, according to the report.

Sanders said that the administration's efforts included a $40 million program announced Monday to attack Russia's state-sponsored disinformation and propaganda efforts targeting the midterm elections.

Others measures are forthcoming, she added.

"It's not just one individual," Sanders told reporters. "It's looking at a number of different ways.

"I'm not going to get ahead of any specific directive by the president," she said. "We're looking at a number of different things that we can do to prevent this from happening.

"We'll be tough on Russia, moving forward, as we have been this first year."

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday beat back testimony by National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers that he has not been directed by President Donald Trump to stop Russian election meddling, telling reporters that "nobody is denying him...
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