Eric Schmitt, David E. Sanger, and Maggie Haberman:
Ms. Nielsen left the Department of Homeland Security early this
month after a tumultuous 16-month tenure and tensions with the
White House. Officials said she had become increasingly concerned
about Russia’s continued activity in the United States during and
after the 2018 midterm elections — ranging from its search for
new techniques to divide Americans using social media, to
experiments by hackers, to rerouting internet traffic and
infiltrating power grids.
But in a meeting this year, Mick Mulvaney, the White House chief
of staff, made it clear that Mr. Trump still equated any public
discussion of malign Russian election activity with questions
about the legitimacy of his victory. According to one senior
administration official, Mr. Mulvaney said it “wasn’t a great
subject and should be kept below his level.”
Unsurprising, but jaw-dropping nonetheless. On the one side: hostile actions from our most dangerous foreign adversary and the integrity of our nation’s elections. On the other side: one man’s ego.