Mattis Slams ‘Slow Learner’ Putin Over Election Meddling

05 December, 2018, 16:16 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Mattis Putin tried to 'muck around' in US midterm elections

"We are seeing a continued effort around those lines". "We will re-energize our arms control efforts, but the onus is on Russia", Mattis said.

American intelligence agencies concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 US presidential election to sow discord and boost Trump's chances through a campaign of propaganda and hacking aimed at disparaging his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

In his address to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute yesterday Mattis also said that the United States seeks a constructive, results-oriented relationship with Beijing.

During the forum, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Russian Federation will continue to undermine its neighbors, but also the United States in order to project its strength.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis revealed that the Russian government attempted to interfere in the U.S. midterm elections last month.

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Last week, US Ambassador Nikki Haley to the United Nations accused Russian Federation of "outlaw actions" and an "outrageous violation of sovereign Ukrainian territory" while addressing an emergency meeting of the Security Council. However, Mattis said that he didn't think the threat from Russian Federation to American elections had increased.

"Mr. Putin is clearly a slow learner". He is not recognizing that what he is doing is actually creating an animosity against his people, "said Mattis".

Mattis said, in the Indo-Pacific region, we keep our decades-old alliances strong by building new partnerships.

CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said "this is probably the revelation of the day". Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the canceled Trump-Putin meeting a missed opportunity, saying it didn't "help settling a number of important worldwide problems".

Speaking in Buenos Aires, Putin told reporters Saturday there were no preconditions for future bilateral talks with Trump.

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