McMaster: Russia interfering in Mexican election

McMaster: Russia interfering in Mexican election
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National security adviser H.R. McMaster says there are early signs of Russian interference in Mexico’s upcoming presidential election.

Providing the keynote address for the Jamestown Foundation, McMaster pointed to Mexico as an example of where Russia is engaging in a disinformation campaign.

“You’ve seen actually initial signs of it in the Mexican presidential campaign already,” McMaster said in previously unreported remarks made during the Dec. 15 address. His comments were first highlighted on Sunday by Mexico's Reforma newspaper.

Mexico’s presidential election will take place in July.

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McMaster's comments came in response to a question about the “growing relationship” between Russia and China. He also referenced the Catalan independence referendum last year as another case of Russian meddling.

"For example with Russia we are concerned, increasingly concerned, with these sophisticated campaigns of subversion and disinformation and propaganda. The use of cyber tools to do that," McMaster said.

“As you see, this is really a sophisticated effort to polarize democratic societies and pit communities within those societies against each other and create crises of confidence and to undermine the strength within Europe.”

His comments come as special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE and congressional committees investigate Russia’s attempts to meddle in the United States election and any potential ties between President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE's campaign and the Kremlin.