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Special guests at today’s @WhiteHouse briefing.
"We meet on this constantly," says @AmbJohnBolton of intel agency heads discussing prevention of foreign interference in US election system.
"We do not wish to make the efforts of our adversaries any easier" through public disclosures of specific steps being taken, adds @AmbJohnBolton.
"We continue to see a pervasive message campaign by Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States," declares @ODNIgov Coats. Others, he says, also have the capability.
"A single (cyber) attack can have widespread and cascading consequences," says @SecNielsen. "Our democracy itself is in the crosshairs."
"Today all 50 state, the District of Columbia and over 900 local governments" have partnered with @DHSgov to bolster their election infrastructure, according to @SecNielsen.
Among the activities being done by adversaries are "manipulating news stories and spreading disinformation," says @FBI Director Wray.
"We've got open investigations" on foreign influence activities spreading across all @FBI field offices, according to Wray.
Top social media companies have received "classified briefings" so they can better monitor their own platforms, reveals Wray, adding #Russia is continuing to engage in malign influence operations.
"Our forces are well-trained, ready and very capable," says @NSAGov director Nakasone in a rare public appearance.
"We're throwing everything at it that we have" to prevent a recurrence of the #Election2016 meddling, says @ODNIgov Coats.
#Russia "trying to wedge and undermine our democratic values," adds @ODNIgov Coats.
#Russia "stepped up their game big time in 2016," says @ODNIgov Coats, adding they're not doing it at that level again right now.
"The president has made it abundantly clear...that he cares deeply about it," says @AmbJohnBolton.
"I'm not in a position right now" to identify" which members of Congress have been recently targeted by #Russia, answers @ODNIgov Coats.
"We're not going to accept meddling in the election," answers @NSAgov General Nakasone when asked if he's been authorized to take offensive cyber operations.

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