Poll finds warmer feelings for America in Russian Federation after Putin-Trump summit

HELSINKI FINLAND- JULY 16 U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive to waiting media during a joint press conference after their summit

HELSINKI FINLAND- JULY 16 U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive to waiting media during a joint press conference after their summit

Director Coats said Russian Federation has employed several means to exert influence in the USA: media, social media, bots, "actors that they hire through proxies", "and potentially more".

It was the first time the agency leaders had stood side-by-side to address election interference and their appearance at the White House comes as the president has faced criticism about his handling and messaging about election interference. "Not a single vote was changed, so far as we can tell", he said.

The Kremlin denies USA claims it meddled in its last presidential election.

The four joining Coats for Thursday's briefing were National Security Adviser John Bolton, FBI Director Christopher Wray, NSA Director General Paul Nakasone, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Coats said that the "president himself" had told his agency heads to make securing the election process a "top priority".

The national security adviser, a longtime Russian Federation hawk, also defended the president's much-maligned press conference after his tête-à-tête with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, when Trump did not address Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Bolton stepped forward to maintain that it had been discussed.

In a letter to Congress, National Security Advisor John Bolton said the administration had taken "extensive, historic action" to stop the threat.

During an interview Monday July 23, 2018, Palazchenko declined to call the latest Helsinki meeting between US President Trump and Russian President Putin an outright failure, but said there seems a lack of clarity on exactly what the two agreed on.

"Both", the intelligence director replied.

Russian Federation and unnamed others are still seeking to influence United States midterm elections through messaging and sowing division, heads of the ODNI, FBI, DHS, and NSA told reporters, pledging to protect democracy but offering no details.

"This is not just an election cycle threat", Wray said.

Wray said his agency is working with social media companies as part of their effort.

Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of Homeland Security, said that "free and fair elections" were the "cornerstone" of America's political system, adding: "Our democracy itself is in the crosshairs".

Russians increasingly view the United States in a positive light following a presidential summit last month, according to a survey published by the independent Levada pollster on Thursday.

The president - along with allies in conservative media - has launched a long PR campaign against the Mueller probe, which he claims is biased and pursuing erroneous claims of collusion between his campaign team and Moscow.

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Wray: "As I have said consistently, Russian Federation attempted to interfere with the last election and continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day".

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