Russia Will Meddle in U.S. 2018 Midterms, CIA Director Says

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"I have every expectation that they will continue to try and do that".

The intelligence community concluded in a report released previous year that Russian Federation conducted a campaign aimed at helping President TrumpDonald John TrumpCynthia Nixon calls for Americans to "take to the streets" if Trump fires Mueller Trump declines to implement new Russian Federation sanctions Comey praises McCabe: He "stood tall" while "small people" tried to tear down the FBI MORE win the 2016 presidential election.

Pompeo also warned that China poses an equal threat to Russian Federation, especially in its cyberwarfare capabilities.

"The Russians have a long history of these information campaigns - that part of it is not new", Pompeo said.

"We can watch very focused efforts to steal American information and to infiltrate the USA with spies, with people who are going to work on behalf of the Chinese government against America", he said. "We see it in our hospitals and medicals systems", he claimed.

Mr Pompeo added: "These efforts we have to all be more focused on".

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"We're going to work on those complicated problem sets and push back against the Iranians everyplace we can", he told the BBC. He also said that North Korea may be able to strike the U.S. with nuclear missiles "in a handful of months".

The director of the United States' Central Intelligence Agency told BBC on Monday that China's efforts to "exert covert influence over the West" are just as problematic as Russia's. President Trump has publicly doubted the intelligence community's findings, but the CIA said in November that stands by the assessment attributing Russian Federation with interfering in the 2016 election.

In the BBC interview, Pompeo dismissed the Michael Wolff book Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House, which paints a portrait of a distracted Trump who seems unable or unwilling to grasp the rudiments of his job.

"I don't intend to", Pompeo said, adding that the "claim that the president isn't engaged and doesn't have a grasp on these important issues is risky and false and it saddens me that someone would have taken the time to write such drivel".

Asked if Trump's use of Twitter posed any national security issues, he said: "Hasn't caused us any trouble". "Whatever the facts may be, we deliver them unvarnished as accurately and forcefully we can".

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