August 02, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Trump Administration’s Election Security Response

“Briefing makes one thing clear - it’s time to pass the DETER Act”

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement after the White House press briefing on Russian attempts to interfere in U.S. elections. Senator Van Hollen has introduced bipartisan legislation with Senator Marco Rubio (D-Fla.) to deter future foreign interference in U.S. elections. The DETER Act would impose immediate, harsh sanctions on foreign actors who interfere in future U.S. elections. Senator Van Hollen also joined Senators Schumer (D-N.Y.), Durbin (D-Ill.), Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in sending a letter to National Security Adviser John Bolton regarding their concerns on election security.
“Today, President Trump’s national security team confirmed what we’ve long known – the Russians continue to attack our elections. This briefing makes one thing clear – it’s time to pass the DETER Act. If the Trump Administration is serious about protecting the 2018 elections, it should immediately announce its support for this bipartisan legislation to deter Putin and Russia from interfering in our elections.”