White House press briefing
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President Trump instructed the nation's top security chiefs to speak at the press briefing about countering attempts to interfere in U.S. elections, a White House official tells CNN.
This happened despite the President’s brief meeting on election security last Friday that lasted half an hour and his refusal to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over meddling while standing next to him on the world stage.
The official declined to say if Trump himself expressed interest in coming out today.
CNN's Jim Acosta pressed White House press secretary Sarah Sanders if she, like the President has said multiple times, believed that the press was in fact the "enemy of the people."
She wouldn't say if she agreed with him, but she wouldn't say that she didn't.
Instead, Sanders said, "I appreciate your passion. I share it. I've addressed this question. I've addressed my personal feelings. I'm here to speak on behalf of the president. He's made his comments clear."
Here's how Acosta reacted on Twitter:
Context: The President's own daughter, Ivanka, said this morning that she did not share his belief that the press was the enemy of the people. "I've certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that I know not to be fully accurate, so I have some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripe, especially when they're sort of targeted. But no, I do not feel that the media is the enemy of the people," the younger Trump said.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked if the Trump administration would consider a national voter ID law.
The question was spurred by President Trump's recent call for stronger voter ID laws, in which he said identification is required for buying groceries (it's not).
"We're looking into everything we can to protect the 2018 elections, the integrity of those elections and moving on beyond 2018 to 2020 and after," Sanders said.
Then she added this:
Sanders then added that "it's not outrageous" for state and federal officials to require people to show IDs when voting.
"It's not unreasonable. If I return something to a department store, if I have to cash a check I have to show my ID in order do those things."
FBI Director Chris Wray was asked how the agency is progressing in identifying interference threats on social media ahead of the 2018 midterm elections compared to what they were doing ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Wray declined to talk about specific investigations but said it highlights the need for a public, private partnership to combat interference.
He added that the FBI is "spending so much of our effort to engage with social media companies" because they play an important role in monitoring and policing their platforms.
He said the FBI is sharing intelligence with those social media platforms "in a way that wasn’t happening before" and "they are sharing information back with us."
"I do think progress is being made," Wray said. "We have to keep getting better at it."
FBI Director Christopher Wray rebuked the White House that his agency contained corrupt elements.
"I can assure the American people that the men and the women of the FBI, from the director all the way on down, are going to follow our oaths and do our jobs," Christopher Wray said.
He was asked about Trump's comments about the special counsel investigation, and his criticism of the FBI as it continues its probe into Russian meddling. Included in the question were press secretary Sarah Sanders' comments on Wednesday claiming there is a lot of corruption in the FBI.
Sanders was looking on as the question was asked.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was just asked how threats to the upcoming midterm elections this November compare to the 2016 election interference.
Here's how he responded:
"Relative to what we have seen for the midterm elections, it is not the kind of robust campaign that we assessed in the 2016 election.
He continued: "We know that through decades, Russia has tried to use its propaganda and methods to sow discord in America. However, they stepped up their game big time in 2016. We have not seen that kind of robust effort from them so far."