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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:17 PM

Dems accuse White House of caving to Trump's 'ego' on Russian meddling

Democrats blasted the White House Wednesday following back-to-back reports that administration officials were discouraged from raising concerns about Russian interference in the 2020 election.

Several Democratic lawmakers characterized allegations that White House staffers are rebuffing administration officials as "troubling" and questioned if aides were dodging the topic over fear of irritating President Trump.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who is running for her party's 2020 nomination, accused top White House aides of cowing to Trump's "ego."

"Securing our elections from foreign influence is not something the President can choose to opt out of because of his ego," Klobuchar said.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, remarked in his own tweet, "Let me get this straight...the White House won't secure our elections against foreign hackers because they don't want to hurt [Trump's] feelings."

"It almost seems like Donald Trump wants Russia to interfere in the 2020 elections. I wonder why?" wrote Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/440530-dems-accuse-white-house-of-caving-to-trumps-ego-on-russian-election

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