Ex-CIA agent Evan McMullin told CNN on Wednesday that President Donald Trump was “shirking his duty to protect the country” by ignoring the fact that Russia plans to attack the 2020 election.
“He’s shirking his responsibility to protect the country,” McMullin said. “We are in a new era of information warfare.”
“Countries can be defeated without a shot being fired,” he went on. “We just learned from the Mueller report that the president was aware that we were undergoing, as a country, an information warfare attack during 2016. He sought to benefit from it.”
“A lot of times we say ‘look, the president’s ego is wounded’ when we talk about how the Russians attacked us, and may have helped him get elected,” McMullin continued. “But I actually think that we are a little naive to buy into that narrative. I think that is a fig leaf for the president. How can we ignore that this president barely won the electoral college?”
“He is now deeply unpopular in the country. His popularity ratings are going down further than they were,” he noted. “So we can’t ignore that this is a president who benefitted from the Russians’ information warfare attack on our country, and may need that attack again to win.”
“It’s not just about his ego, it’s deeper than that,” McMullin warned. “In a race that’s that close, everything matters.”
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