Clinton calls Trump 'Putin's puppet' amid reports of Russian interference in 2020 election

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFormer Obama adviser Plouffe predicts 'historical level' of turnout by Trump supporters Poll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' MORE called President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE "Putin's Puppet" and claimed he "can't win" without foreign help after a report this week said that intelligence officials are warning of Russian interference in the 2020 election.

"Putin’s Puppet is at it again, taking Russian help for himself," Clinton, Trump's 2016 election rival, tweeted Friday. "He knows he can’t win without it. And we can’t let it happen."

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Her tweet comes in response to reports that Trump chose not to nominate his acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph MaguireJoseph MaguireFormer intelligence chiefs slam Trump for removing officials Acting director of National Counterterrorism Center fired: report Trump taps new director for National Counterterrorism Center MORE on a permanent basis and accused him of disloyalty because of a briefing on election security to the House Intelligence Committee.

During the briefing, intelligence officials reportedly told lawmakers that Russia was again interfering in the U.S. election with the goal of helping reelect Trump. The president was worried that Democrats on the committee would use the intelligence information against him, The New York Times reported.

Many Democrats have seized on the new reports to address election security and interference from Russia, hitting Trump for not taking a tougher stance.

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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots Schumer doubles down in call for Trump to name coronavirus supply czar Trump lashes out at Schumer over call for supply czar MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted Thursday that "now we know why" Senate Republicans continue blocking election security bills, linking to the Times article.

"They'd rather let Putin win than stand up to President Trump," Schumer tweeted.

Clinton first used the term on the campaign trail, saying if he won he would be "Putin's puppet," referring to Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinHow oil tariffs can unite strange political bedfellows Overnight Energy: Trump says global oil production could be cut by 15M barrels | Trump to rent storage space to oil producers | EPA defends move to suspend pollution monitoring Putin tells Russians to stay home all month amid coronavirus threat MORE. She has frequently referred to Trump as "Putin's puppet" since intelligence officials confirmed Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election in an effort to boost Trump.

Since the election, Democrats have sought to pass election security bills to protect U.S. infrastructure, though House-passed efforts have stalled in the GOP-controlled Senate. 

Trump dismissed new reports of meddling on Friday as a Democratic "misinformation campaign," appearing to break with his own intelligence community.