US alleges 'active role' by China in election interference

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Sep 05, 2020, 02:33 PM(IST)

US National Security Advisor Robert O'brien with US President Donald Trump Photograph:( Reuters )

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When asked about efforts from other countries to meddle in US elections O'brien acknowledged that there were always going to be such efforts.

US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien targetted China as he accused the country of taking "active role" in interfering in US presidential elections.

O'Brien warned everyone trying to do such a thing of "extraordinary consequences". He assured that the US was going to everything to protect the "sanctity" of the elections.

When asked about efforts from other countries to meddle in US elections, O'brien acknowledged that there were always going to be such efforts.

"There's always going to be propaganda. There's always going to be efforts to influence us. And again, we know that the Chinese have taken the most active role but the Russians and the Iranians and other countries are involved as well," he said.

Obrien was addressing the media from the White House podium.

Foreign interference in US elections has become a hot topic since 2016 elections which put Donald Trump in the White House.

There were allegations that Russia had made efforts to influence the election process. A comprehensive investigation was also carried out under special counsel Robert Mueller. The investigation revelaed that Trump campaign had not criminally conspired with Russia to influence the election.

NSA Robert O'Brien on Saturday said that he was continuously monitoring the situation to detect any attempts by other countries to influence US Elections 2020.

US Elections are due in on November 3. Donald Trump will take on Democratic Party's Joe Biden. Current ratings show Trump trails Biden.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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