With President Trump hospitalized for coronovirus, a top White House official warned against trying to take advantage of any situation by US rivals, which security experts said was a fertile ground for intervention and disintegration. Presents.
White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Mr Trump remains in charge and that any attempt by opponents to gain an edge would be a “grave magnitude error”.
In an interview with the Journal, Mr O’Brien, who met a top Russian official in Geneva last week, said the US alert had not been raised and there was no hope that North Korea, Iran, China and Russia would The opponent was likely a new threat.
“The President has taken advantage of any effort to take advantage of this fact with Kovid.[-19] There will be a mistake of serious magnitude, ”he said in an interview on Friday. “I do not expect any country to make a mistake.”
Other officials said there has been no threat of importance carried by opponents since Mr Trump became ill. Mr. Trump tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday and was hospitalized on Friday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
Mr. Trump was briefed on national security matters on Sunday as chairman of the Joint Chiefs by Mr. O’Brien, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Army Chief Mark Miley. Defense Secretary Mark Ziro is traveling in the Middle East. Officials said the briefing done by video teleconference was considered routine and not in response to any specific threat.
“We know that there are rogue actors, we know that there are blasphemous actors around the world,” said Mr. Pompio, before embarking on a trip to Japan, fully prepared for any challenge to the US.
Mr. O’Brien met with Secretary of the Security Council of Genoa Jekova in Geneva late last week, before returning to the US the day before Mr. Trump’s diagnosis of Kovid-19. They discussed bilateral issues ranging from Russian operations in Syria and Afghanistan to nuclear talks and conflicts between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Mr O’Brien said that one of the most prominent messages he conveyed was that Russia did not want a medal in the US election to be held next month. He told them that the US was particularly concerned about any effort that would affect the vote on election day.
The Russians stated publicly that they would not interfere. Mr O’Brien said he would adopt a “faith-but-verified” approach to the Russians’ claims.
US intelligence agencies have assessed that Russia interfered in the US elections in 2016 and are attempting to do so again this year, as well as hackers linked to China and Iran. Russia, like other countries, has always denied such interference.
State Department officials did not respond to a request for comment on the steps taken by the US to make foreign countries aware of the US government’s position after Mr Trump’s hospitalization.
Diplomats said Marshall Billingsley, the top US arms control negotiator, is scheduled to meet in Helsinki on Monday with his Russian counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. The arrangement of the Helsinki meeting was expedited following Friday’s meeting between Messrs. O’Brien and Petrushev.
Cyber security experts said Mr. Trump’s diagnosis created a fertile environment for the rapid proliferation of disruptive statements, either by foreign or domestic actors — an issue that was already a top concern before the election.
Media analytics firm Zyngal Labs said on Friday that thousands of tweets on Twitter and hundreds of posts on Reddit were advancing the baseless claim that Mr Trump was making her worse. A less common claim is that Mr. Biden gave the virus to Mr. Trump, Jignall Labs said.
RT, a Russian state media organization, posted a story early Thursday that Mr Biden was in extreme danger of contracting the virus as he appeared in an argument with Mr Trump on Tuesday. US intelligence agencies have assessed that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election to discredit Mr. Biden and support Mr. Trump’s re-election. Mr. Biden and his wife later tested negative for the virus.
Clint Watts, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation official, warned in a blog post in July that shortly before the election, one or both candidates who contracted the Kovid-19 would represent a “potentially disruptive disaster”, threatening confidence in the democratic process Can cast in and make some voters believe that a political party was working to change the candidate against the will of the voters.
Mr. Watts, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, said, “Americans defied the Kovid-19 conspiracies of American control.
On Sunday, Mr. Watts said foreign intervention and conspiracy efforts have been mild, but political extremism remains active in the US, particularly followers of the loosely organized, far-right conspiracy group QAnon.
“Trump supporters are blaming their transition on Democrats giving Trump in the extreme debate. Anti-Trump says his diagnosis is a tool to win sympathy or avoid debate. “There is a small, overlap fringe from both ends, which assumes this is a way for Trump to replace him with Pence. If the president does not return to his feet, there will be an increase among populists on both sides. ”
-Dustin Volz contributed to this article.
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