Scalise: I'm glad the administration is taking aggressive cybersecurity action

Scalise: I'm glad the administration is taking aggressive cybersecurity action
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House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseGOP lawmakers jockey for positions as managers Fox's Chris Wallace calls out Trump for the 'most sustained assault on freedom of the press' in US history McCarthy: I don't think there's a need to whip the impeachment vote MORE (R-La.) in an interview that aired Sunday responded to a report that the Defense Department is ramping up digital attacks on Russia by saying he is glad the Trump administration is getting aggressive on cybersecurity.

"I'm glad the administration has been taking aggressive actions," Scalise said in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press, citing an executive order signed last year."

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The New York Times reported Saturday the White House was escalating digital attacks on Russia's electric power grid. Two administration officials told The Times that they did not believe President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE was informed in detail about the move to put code that can be used to surveil or attack in the Russian grid. 

The second-highest ranking House Republican did not give a direct answer on whether it is a mistake for intelligence officials to not brief President Trump fully on the actions. He instead noted that the White House has pushed back on the story. 

"The President's taking aggressive action against Russia," he said. "The message is being sent right now: If the Russians try to take some actions against our elections, or any other country, we are already ready to go after them."

 

 Trump denied The Times' story Saturday on Twitter.