GOP congressional candidate: Trump focused on providing 'digital and physical' security to U.S.

Republican congressional candidate Jeffrey Dove praised President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE's handling of the United States's physical and digital security amid the ongoing special counsel probe into Russia's election interference. 

"I feel like as an elected official, our primary responsibilities are actually the physical and digital security of all Americans, and that's something the president seems to really be focused on, and he's been talking about it since his time on the campaign trail," Dove, who is running in Virginia's 11th Congressional District, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising." 

"On the digital security? I mean, he talks about the Russian hoax, he won't say to Vladimir Putin's face that Russia was involved in election meddling. I haven't seen him be very strong on digital security," Ball asked Dove. 

"The DNI [director of national intelligence] has been dealing with new methods of trying to combat the Russian meddling," Dove responded. 

"I think that we can all see that Russia and various countries try to attack our country all the time. I worked in IT for the past nine years. I can tell you for a fact that we are constantly attacked by any number of people, and I think that this president will address this issue coming to 2018 and to 2020," he continued. 

Dove's comments come as special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerGraham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' House progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller MORE is probing alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's election interference during the 2016 presidential race. 

Trump faced backlash last month after he did not press or condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, while appearing to downplay the conclusions of U.S. intelligence.

DNI Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsHillicon Valley: Facebook co-founder calls for breaking up company | Facebook pushes back | Experts study 2020 candidates to offset 'deepfake' threat | FCC votes to block China Mobile | Groups, lawmakers accuse Amazon of violating children's privacy Experts are studying mannerisms of 2020 candidates to help offset threat of 'deepfake' videos Bolton held unexpected meeting on Iran with top intel, military advisers at CIA: report MORE said last week that Trump directed him to secure U.S. elections against foreign influence campaigns. 

Coats has also previously said he was not aware of what was discussed during Trump's private meeting with Putin. 

— Julia Manchester