US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday warned that Russia would seek to interfere in elections for decades ahead and vowed that Washington would try to thwart its efforts.
Pompeo was asked if he expected Russia to meddle in next year’s US election, after a long-awaited report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller found that Moscow tried to sway the 2016 presidential race to Donald Trump.
The top US diplomat said to expect a similar Russian campaign next year but criticized the spotlight inside Washington on the Russian role, which has infuriated President Donald Trump.
“It goes without saying, they were a threat to our elections in 1974, too, and they interfered in our elections in the ‘80s,” Pompeo told a forum of The Hill newspaper.
“The fact that this town seems shocked by the fact that the Russians don’t care for us -- in that case the Soviet Union -- I find stunning,” he said.
“And we should expect in 2050, the Russians will be at it still.”