The White House’s national security adviser warned on Sunday that Chinese hackers had targeted the US electoral infrastructure.
“They want to see the President lose,” Robert O’Brien told CBS News on “Face The Nation”. “China – like Russia, like Iran – they have been involved in cyber attacks and phishing and the like is related to our electoral infrastructure, in relation to websites and those things.” “.
“It’s a real concern,” says O’Brien. and other spaces ”.
He said that President Trump has caused enemies by “being tougher on China than any other president in history.”;
O’Brien stated in the first television interview since recovering from the coronavirus: “Whether it is China, Russia or Iran, we will not be outdone.
“And there will be serious consequences for any country that tries to interfere in our free and fair election,” he said.
“Whether their leaders like Joe Biden or like Donald Trump, it doesn’t matter. We are Americans.
“We will not let the foreign country decide who is our next president. Excessive.”
In a clear direct message to the accused countries, he said, “Don’t get involved in our elections … Don’t do it because there will be serious consequences.”
O’Brien said the Trump administration had “made it very clear” to Russia not to participate in the election, although a report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Friday said the Kremlin was trying ” smear Joe Biden’s bid while creating a “boost” to Trump’s campaign.
O’Brien said: “There is almost nothing we can punish the Russians, while emphasizing that” no government has been tougher “with this country since they explicitly intervened in the election. year 2016.
“We have punished the Russians – individuals, companies, governments,” he said.
“We have literally eliminated a lot of Russian spies. We have closed all of their consulates on the West Bank. We have closed diplomatic facilities. There’s not much we can do with the Russians, ”he said.