Ex-security official calls Trump’s silence to intel heads to stop Russian meddling a ‘green light’ for the Kremlin to continue
A former top intelligence official warned on MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber” that decisions by Donald Trump have sent a clear signal to Russia that meddling in America’s elections can continue.
“We begin with the most important story in politics tonight. And I have to tell you, it’s also the most important story in national security right now,” Melber explained.
“Don’t call it a come back, Russia, they say has been meddling and could strike again this year,” Melber continued. “This is not just a hearing, it was a warning as the intel chief’s releasing a report to go along with it, so everyone can read it themselves.”
“Again, I have to repeat this, because there’s so much debate about the facts these days, that’s an assessment from team Donald Trump. and it is obviously damning. So what is President Trump directing be done about it? Nothing,” Melber noted.
After playing a clip, Melber interviewed Ned Price, former CIA intelligence officer and National Security Council spokesperson.
“Ned, did you see anything wrong or concerning with the picture paint in the that hearing?” Melber asked.
“Well absolutely, Ari. We have heard that President Trump has personally himself done absolutely nothing to help our national security establishment and infrastructure stop the next round of Russian meddling — that should be hugely troubling to all of us,” Price warned.
“We learned not too long ago that the president has not convened his National Security Council on this subject, but in addition to an absence of things, we also have to evaluate what he has done,” Price continued.
“He’s spilled secrets in the Oval Office to the Russians, he has savored his time with Vladimir Putin, he has refused to implement sanctions,” Price listed.
“So all of these, both what he has done and has not done, is a clear signal to Moscow, a clear signal that they have the green light to continue,” the ex-spy concluded.