Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that Russia is already trying to meddle in this year’s midterm elections in the U.S. “If it’s their intention to interfere, they are going to find ways to do that. We can take steps we can take but this is something that, once they decide they are going to do it, it’s very difficult to preempt it,” Tillerson told Fox News. Tillerson said it’s important for the U.S. to confront Russia about interfering in American elections instead of turning a blind eye.
Tillerson’s assessment mirrors that of CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who said last month that he has “every expectation” Russia will attempt to influence this year’s midterms.
Pompeo said the U.S. will “push back in a way that is sufficiently robust that the impact they have on our election won’t be great.”