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 MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' 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 McConnellGrassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa House Democrats grow frustrated as they feel ignored by Senate Democrats question GOP shift on vaccines 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 PutinFox News: 'Entirely unacceptable' for 'NSA to unmask Tucker Carlson' Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia next week 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.”