Republican Senator Rob Portman (OH) squirmed under questioning from CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday when asked why the State Department and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have not used money the senator specifically earmarked to fight Russian disinformation programs.
“The State Department has the ability to use about $60 million in funds to push back against some of the disinformation that Russia puts out, and apparently the state department is hesitant to do that.”
Portman said you would think there would be a bipartisan consensus on the issue, but Tillerson has yet to utilize any of the funds. He stopped short of criticizing the president or Tillerson, however, blaming the fact that several key vacancies remain among the upper echelon of State Department positions, but declining to say whose fault that is.
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