Trump may miss deadline on Russia report

Greg Nash

President Trump faces a Thursday deadline to release a report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election — one he appears unlikely to meet.

Trump made the promise in January while swatting down reports about a dossier that allegedly suggested connections between his campaign and Russia. 

“My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!” he announced in a January tweet  

But it appears that little work has taken place within the administration to produce the report. 

{mosads}Emails from The Hill to the National Security Council and the Department of Justice were not immediately returned on Thursday. 

Separately, a spokesperson for the National Security Council denied to Politico any involvement in a new report, as did Rudy Giuliani — who is advising Trump on private sector cybersecurity issues. Politico reported that the White House would not answer questions about the report directly.

Democrats are starting to criticize Trump over the report. 

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a written statement it was “deeply distressing” that the president would “not only miss this deadline, but that the work has not even begun.”

“After castigating his predecessor for not sufficiently prioritizing the cyber threat, the President’s failure to demonstrate any sense of urgency on the matter is all the more inexplicable,” wrote Schiff. 

If a report is not released on Thursday, it will be the second cybersecurity item on the Trump agenda that has failed to come to fruition.

A cybersecurity executive order has been repeatedly delayed, despite the White House scheduling a signing ceremony within the first two weeks of his presidency. 

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