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The NSA still not directed by Trump to disrupt future Russian meddling efforts



TheGuardian.com had reported Tuesday that Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency and chief of US Cyber Command, told the Senate armed services committee Tuesday that he had not been directed by Donald Trump to disrupt any Russian efforts to meddle in future U.S. elections, and said Vladimir Putin had come to the conclusion there was “little price to pay” for such actions.

When asked if he had been granted the authority by Trump to counter any Russian cyber attacks, Rogers said: “No, I have not. ” and said added: “I need a policy decision that indicates there is specific direction to do that. The president ultimately would make this decision in accordance with a recommendation from the secretary of defense.”

Rogers told the Senate armed services committee Tuesday, “Clearly, what we’ve done hasn’t been enough.”

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