CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 2016

OPINION: Trump Continues to Deny Russian Interference

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Quinn Riordan, Der Spiegel

Since 2016, reports of Russian hacking and election involvement have grown in number. The threat of foreign influence on elections, whether from China or Russia, is immense, with several democratic presidential campaigns being targeted by hacking operations both on social media and in the organizational level.

Facebook publicly announced the new Russian disinformation campaign, continuing to raise concerns after three years of investigations into the Russian attack on the 2016 election in the U.S. 

President Trump claims that “we're going to do everything we can to safeguard our elections. I don't want to hear about this Russia hoax, we gotta get past all this,” in response to a question about his actions to protect the democratic process from Russian interference. He then continued to boast about his “record-breaking” inauguration and his “landslide election,” but these are not factual statements. 

President Trump attempting to move past Russia’s intervention is the opposite of what he should do. To create a strong and united front against cyberwarfare, he needs to recognize and denounce Russia’s meddling in the election. 

His choice to deny and ignore Russia’s actions has allowed them to continue to interfere and wreck the democratic systems of the U.S. and other countries in the West. President Trump needs to take swift action to stop the Russian fight against democratic institutions.