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Senators ask Tillerson to fight Russian interference in Mexico election: report

Senators ask Tillerson to fight Russian interference in Mexico election: report
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A bipartisan pair of senators is calling for Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonWatchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US Trump administration rigging the game, and your retirement fund could be the loser Haley’s exit sends shockwaves through Washington MORE to combat Russia's election meddling in Mexico amid reports the Kremlin has become involved in Latin American elections, according to a CBS News report

Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCongress raises pressure on Saudi Arabia Rubio: Khashoggi killing was ‘disrespectful to Trump’ O'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot MORE (R-Fla.) and Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezTrump lowers refugee goal to 30,000, he must meet it Blame Senate, not FBI, for Kavanaugh travesty Dems urge tech companies to remove 3D-gun blueprints MORE (D-N.J.) in a letter ask Tillerson to address the issue when he visits Mexico next week, saying Russia is using "sophisticated technology" to meddle in the country's July presidential election, the network reported. 

"We write to urge you to raise the importance of strong, independent electoral systems in Mexico and Latin America more broadly," the two senators wrote to the nation's top diplomat. 

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"We are increasingly concerned about growing efforts to undermine these hard-fought and widely supported advances, particularly those emanating from outside the region," they added. 

White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster last month warned of early signs Russia was meddling in Mexico's election. 

“You’ve seen actually initial signs of it in the Mexican presidential campaign already,” McMaster said. 

McMaster also noted instances of Kremlin election meddling in Europe. 

“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," he said. 

Various congressional panels, as well as special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, are in the process of probing Russia's election meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. There are also concerns Moscow will interfere in the 2018 midterm elections. 

While President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE has denied allegations of collusion between his campaign and Russia, he did not bring up the issue during his first State of the Union address on Tuesday.