Bernie Sanders Tells Russia to ‘Stay Out’ After Briefing on Meddling
Bernie Sanders warned Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday to stay out of U.S. elections as he confirmed that American intelligence officials had briefed him on Russian efforts to help his presidential campaign.
“Mr. Putin is a thug. He is an autocrat. He may be a friend of Donald Trump — he’s not a friend of mine,” Sanders told reporters in Bakersfield, California. “Let me tell Mr. Putin: The American people, whether you’re Republicans, Democrats, independents, are sick and tired of seeing Russia and other countries interfering in our elections.”
Sanders, who’s seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said that he received the intelligence briefing about a month ago. The Washington Post reported the briefing earlier Friday and said President Donald Trump and lawmakers on Capitol Hill had also been informed of the Russian involvement.
In a briefing to House lawmakers last week, intelligence officials said that Russia was intervening in the 2020 election to help Trump get re-elected.
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