Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is harshly criticizing the Trump administration’s apparent ambivalence towards a reported serious Russian hacking operation targeting a slew of high-profile targets in the United States. Rather than confronting this apparent serious security breach — or any of the other serious crises plaguing the United States, for that matter — President Donald Trump and his closest political allies have seemed more interested in complaining about the outcome of the presidential election, which Trump decisively and unequivocally lost to President-elect Joe Biden, no matter Trump’s false claims of widespread fraud.
In a recent appearance on Sirius XM radio, Romney compared the Russian hacking operation to “Russian bombers repeatedly flying undetected over the entire country,” adding that the hacking operation shows “that our cyber warfare readiness is extraordinarily weak [and] that [Russian officials] think so little of our ability to fight back from a cyber standpoint that they do this with impunity.” Speaking with Olivier Knox, who is the chief Washington correspondent for Sirius XM radio, Romney also observed that “not to have the White House aggressively speaking out and protesting and taking punitive action is really quite extraordinary.”
Romney echoed these sentiments on Twitter, where he called the Trump administration’s lack of apparent concern “inexcusable.” Seemingly nodding towards the incoming Biden administration, Romney insisted that it’s “[past] time for a national security re-set that prioritizes cybersecurity capabilities and defenses.” Check out his comments below:
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) December 17, 2020
President-elect Biden has insisted that his administration “will make dealing with this breach a top priority from the moment we take office.” The Biden team has already announced an array of picks for top roles in the White House and imminent Biden administration who will, presumably, figure prominently in the Biden White House’s response to Russian aggression. For instance, Biden named Jake Sullivan as his choice for national security adviser and Antony Blinken as his pick for Secretary of State. Blinken worked at the State Department during the Obama administration.
Throughout his time in the White House, Trump has routinely glossed over Russian aggression. No matter Russia’s violent invasion of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine that preceded Russia’s forced exit from the G8 group of world leaders (which is now the G7), Trump even glibly suggested that Russia rejoin prominent world leaders in that forum.