Earlier, President Trump called for expanding the scope of the investigation into the interference, not limited to Russia
In an exclusive interview with ABC News on Sunday, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton said the US was concerned about possible election interference not only from Russia, but also from China, North Korea and Iran..
“With regard to Iranian intervention and North Korean intervention, we are taking steps to prevent this. In fact, this applies to all four countries, “Bolton said in an interview from the King David Hotel in Jerusalem..
“But have you seen anything previously specifically from the Chinese side?” – asked him journalist Martha Raddats.
“I will not go into what I saw or did not see, but I will tell you that when it comes to the 2018 elections, these four countries are the most worrisome for us,” Bolton replied..
President Trump tweeted on Saturday that investigators should expand the scope of their investigation into election interference beyond Russia..
Jerusalem was Bolton’s first stop on his overseas tour. He is scheduled to meet with the Russian Foreign Minister in Geneva next week, building on the agreements reached at the summit with President Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin on July 16 in Helsinki..
President Trump was heavily criticized for speaking out at a press conference with Putin in Helsinki, when he appeared to agree with the Russian president’s denial of Moscow’s interference in the elections, despite American intelligence reaching the opposite conclusion..
“President Putin just said it wasn’t Russia,” Trump said at the time. “I’ll tell you what. I see no reason why it was her “.
U.S. intelligence warns of election interference by China, Russia and Iran
“I trust my intelligence, but I will tell you that President Putin firmly and authoritatively denied this today,” he added..
In addition, Trump previously stated that not only Russia, but “other people as well” could be behind the interference in the US elections in 2016.
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