UPDATED 12:59 PM PT — Thurs. Aug. 2, 2018
Top security and cabinet officials recently outlined the joint effort to safeguard the country’s elections.
During Thursday’s White House press briefing, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said his agency is meeting weekly with other agencies ahead of November’s midterms.
He claims the president has directed him to make the issue a top priority, which is something FBI Director Christopher Wray also echoed.
Wray discussed the three pillars of agency’s plan, which includes investigation, information sharing and utilizing the private sector.
He added, the current cyber threat is not just an issue during an election cycle, but an ongoing effort to undermine the American people.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also discussed the threat, saying free and fair elections are the cornerstone of democracy.