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Top DHS official denies Trump avoided Russian election interference talks

Top DHS official denies Trump avoided Russian election interference talks
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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfTravel industry calls on Trump administration to prevent the need for quarantines by creating a testing plan Voting rights group files suit against Trump, administration officials alleging voter intimidation Business groups, universities file lawsuit over new rules targeting H-1B visas MORE fired back against reports indicating that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' MORE had avoided conversations about or pressured aides not to bring up Russia's election meddling during White House briefings.

Speaking with CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Wolf dismissed the idea that he or any other top administration officials found any topics unapproachable during conversations with the president after a former Homeland Security official, Miles Taylor, suggested during his own CNN interview last week that the president would be enraged by discussion of Russian interference.

"It’s completely different than everything I know about this president," Wolf told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperBiden: Meadows coronavirus remark a 'candid acknowledgement' of Trump strategy 'to wave the white flag' Meadows: 'We're not going to control the pandemic' Pence travel questioned after aides test positive MORE.

"Bringing up Russia has never been a problem for me," Wolf continued. "I don’t have any issue with bringing up any issue with President Trump ... and we discuss a wide range of those issues every week."

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Wolf was also questioned by Tapper as to whether he believes the president accepts the intelligence community's ongoing conclusion that Russia is involved in efforts to interfere in national and local elections around the country.

"To my knowledge, absolutely," Wolf told Tapper, adding that he would "let the president and the White House speak for themselves."

Wolf's comments come as Taylor ripped Trump during a wide-ranging CNN interview on Tuesday, accusing Trump of largely retreating from the duties of president.

"At the end of the day, the man with his finger on the nuclear trigger is a man whose mind is not on his job on a daily basis," Taylor told CNN on Tuesday. "That is alarming, and that isn’t the opinion of just a handful of folks in the administration." 

"I think at this point it’s time for us to put country over party, and I hope other Republicans will do the same," he added.

Taylor is one of the highest-ranking former Trump administration officials to endorse former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' MORE's campaign. Former GOP Secretary of State Colin PowellColin Luther PowellHow each of us can help to cure our nation's ills Bush endorsing Biden? Don't hold your breath Red meat for the right wingers will be the main course at RNC MORE, who served under former President George W. Bush, also endorsed Biden for president.