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Mulvaney: 'We're doing everything necessary' on election security

Mulvaney: 'We're doing everything necessary' on election security
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Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOMB nominee gets hearing on Feb. 9 Republicans now 'shocked, shocked' that there's a deficit Financial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief MORE insisted Sunday that the White House takes election security seriously, saying the executive branch is “doing everything necessary” ahead of 2020.

Asked by CBS’ Margaret Brennan about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Murkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo MORE’s (R) refusal to allow a vote on a bipartisan election security bill, Mulvaney dismissed the measure as unnecessary, calling it “a bill that came up in the last week because the Democrats saw an opportunity coming out of [special counsel Robert] Mueller” testifying before two House committees.

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“This administration has worked with every single state… we’ve met with every single presidential campaign to go over how to prepare against and prevent foreign intervention into the 2020 elections,” Mulvaney added. “The bills from this week were simply showmanship and that’s why they failed.”

Brennan cited an exchange between Trump and Russian president Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinHow to rethink Russia sanctions Tucker Carlson bashes CNN, claims it's 'more destructive' than QAnon Biden CIA pick pledges to confront China if confirmed, speak 'truth to power' MORE in which Trump jokingly warned Putin not to interfere in the 2020 presidential election to press Mulvaney on whether Trump took election meddling seriously.

“Judge us by the actions,” Mulvaney responded, adding “we think we’re taking tremendous steps.”