Coats echoed Pompeo, saying "our role as the intelligence community is to provide all the information we possibly can as its happening so policymakers can shape policy as to how we are going to respond to this in a whole of government way". He said he was gratified by the response of those companies, but that smaller companies needed more education about what to be on the lookout for.
American officials, however, have tried to threaten Russian Federation before to stop its interference campaign. "We are using maximum pressure on North Korea in various ways".
Citing former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen as the first military leader to identify the national debt as "the greatest threat to our national security", Coats explained that leaders from both political parties-including former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright-have since made it a priority to resolve the crisis.
Wray said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been providing "defensive briefings" to larger USA telecom companies to recognize the threats.
- "There's no single agency, quote, in charge" of addressing the problem, Coats said.
"We realize that we have to answer for the American people: What did Russian Federation do to mess with the 2016 elections?" he said.
Cotton asked the assembled intelligence chiefs to raise their hands if they would use and phones or other devices from Huawei and ZTE, or recommend that ordinary Americans do so.
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"I encourage our folks not to get too hung up on what I consider to be the noise on TV and social media", Wray said. They have started to look askance at social media and attempts to influence their opinion, he said. "Deterrence doesn't work unless the other side knows it", he said.
"Any elections that are coming up, we need to assume there might be interference with that, particularly from the Russians", said Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence. Coates warned that these cyber-operations "will continue against the United States and our European allies, using elections as opportunities to undermine democracy, sew discord and undermine our values". The director of national intelligence went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday and made clear that he thinks Russian Federation has big plans to meddle in the 2018 midterms, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Coats, Pompeo, Rogers, and Wray said they stand by a January 2017 intelligence community assessment that concluded Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election in an effort to help Trump win, and they agreed that Russian Federation hopes to interfere again in the 2018 elections.
Wray was asked by Sen.
China also intends to use its "One Belt, One Road" initiative to increase its reach to geostrategic locations across Eurasia, Africa and the Pacific, he said. But he did not say that Trump has specifically directed the agency to prevent Russian interference.
Top U.S. intelligence officials warned lawmakers Tuesday not to be fooled by North Korea's diplomatic outreach at the Olympic Games, reminding Congress at a high-profile hearing that the dictatorship still represents an "existential threat" to the U.S.