Mattis: Russia tried to interfere in 2018 midterms

Leroy Wright
December 4, 2018

The U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has said the United States will stand with the 41 nations coalition committed to the ongoing efforts in Afghanistan.

In remarks at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, Mattis said the U.S. He stressed that Russian Federation tried to interfere in mid-term elections in the U.S. last month - the same as it did in 2016, but the American authorities will take all necessary to continue to reliably protect our democracy.

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

President Donald Trump said November 27 that he was weighing a decision to cancel a scheduled meeting with President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Argentina, given the escalation of hostilities.

"(Putin) tried again to muck around in our elections this last month.

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Mattis also asserted that Russian Federation had interfered in the November midterm elections for Congress, though he gave no details nor provided any further evidence. He recognizes that what he does is actually creates hostility against his people.

"What we are seeing Putin do with his ripping up of global agreements. we're dealing with someone that we simply can not trust", the Pentagon chief added.

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

The decision to scrap the meeting with Putin came shortly after Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of lying to Congress about a skyscraper project Trump was pursuing in Moscow during the 2016 US presidential race.

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