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

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

House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseBiden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration House GOP lawmaker: Trump 'put all of our lives at risk' 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 TrumpMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report 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.