Top Officials Highlight Election Security

OAN Newsroom
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.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Washington, as FBI Director Christopher Wray, National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen listen. The White House says President Donald Trump has directed a “vast, government-wide effort” to protect American elections after Russian attempts to interfere in 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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.