Trump asks whether Democrats will launch an investigation into whether 'Russia, Russia, Russia' helped Sanders win the Nevada Caucus
White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said it's "no surprise" that Russian operatives are likely working to elect Vermont Sen. and Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders. But O'Brien, who made the comments on ABC's "This Week," said he didn't believe reports that Russia is trying to help President Donald Trump's bid for re-election. "I have not seen that and I get pretty good access...to our intelligence," O'Brien said despite a briefing to lawmakers last week warning about Russia interference in the 2020 presidential election in support of Trump. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien on Sunday denied reports that Russia was working to help President Donald Trump's campaign for re-election, but repeated reports that the country was working to help Sen. Bernie Sanders' White House bid. "There are these reports that they want Bernie Sanders to get elected president — that's no surprise," O'Brien said about the newly cemented Democratic frontrunner who won big in the Nevada caucus the night before. "He honeymooned in Moscow." "The president," he added, "has rebuilt the American military to an extent we haven't seen since Ronald Reagan, so I don't think it's any surprise that Russia, or China, or Iran would want somebody other than President Trump." O'Brien said that Trump was going to continue to strengthen US foreign and defense policy, which would be good for US allies but bad for adversaries. He made the comments to George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week." Last week, The New York Times reported that Shelby Pierson, a national intelligence aide, delivered a briefing before lawmakers that said the intelligence community had information that Russia was working to help re-elect the president in November, drawing the ire of Republicans and Trump. Stephanopoulos pressed O'Brien on reports that — among efforts to help Sanders win the Democratic primary —Russia is also working to re-elect President Trump. When asked if he'd reviewed reports on pro-Trump support from Russia, O'Brien said, "I have not seen that and I get pretty good access." "I haven't seen any intelligence that Russia is doing anything to attempt to get President Trump elected," he continued. "I think this is the same old story we've heard before. I've seen the reports from that briefing on the intel committee. I wasn't there, but I've seen no intelligence that suggests that." As The Washington Post previously reported, US intelligence officials also told the Sanders campaign that intelligence suggests Russia is reportedly working to help Sanders secure the Democratic Party's nomination, though the scope of that operation is still unclear. "Let's be clear, the Russians want to undermine American democracy by dividing us and, unlike the current president, I stand firmly against their efforts, and any other foreign power that wants to interfere in our election," Sanders said in a statement following the report from Washington Post. Sanders also claimed that some of the "ugly stuff" on social media that have been attributed to Sanders' supporters was actually the result of Russian involvement. He has often received criticism for his more-passionate supporters, sometimes called "Bernie Bros." Recently, the Vermont senator faced criticism over reports his followers attacked members of The Culinary Union, a large union in Nevada, after it criticized his Medicare-for-All platform. The president, meanwhile, replaced acting director of national intelligence Joseph Macguire following his authorization for an aide to deliver the Russian meddling report to a bipartisan group of lawmakers. Trump had reportedly been particularly angry because Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, was present during the briefing. Schiff led Trump's impeachment in the House last year. MacGuire was replaced by Richard Grenell, ambassador to Germany, who has been an outspoken Trump supporter. As NPR reported, the president on Sunday congratulated the Vermont lawmaker on his Saturday night winning of the Nevada caucus. "Bernie is looking more and more like he'll be the nominee unless they cheat him out of it," the president said as he was leaving the White House for a two-day trip to India. Though Marc Short, Vice President Pence's Chief of Staff, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Trump would be "comfortable" with any of his Democratic nominees in the general election, and he was not rooting for Sanders. Read more: DELEGATE COUNT: Here's who's winning the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination Here's who will be onstage for the February 25 Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina and how to watch it Despite previous attacks, Medicare for All proved to be a huge winner for Bernie Sanders for the third primary in a row, polls show Bernie Sanders' Nevada win cements his frontrunner status Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope
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Bill de Blasio tells Pete Buttigieg to 'show some humility' after he got his 'ass kicked' in Nevada and said he doesn't have diverse supporters
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio lashed out at his former Democratic rival, South Bend,...New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio lashed out at his former Democratic rival, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, on following Bernie Sanders' Nevada primary win. "Try to not be so smug when you just got your ass kicked," de Blasio tweeted at Buttigieg, who finished third in the state. De Blasio earlier in February endorsed Sanders' bid for the Oval Office. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio didn't have anything kind to say about former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Saturday night, sending a series of tweets in defense of his endorsed candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders who cemented his frontrunner status after winning in Nevada's Democratic caucuses. Following his third-place finish behind Sanders and Biden in the Nevada race, the third major contest of the 2020 election, Buttigieg condemned the Vermont senator and his supporters. "I believe that we can bring an end to corporate recklessness and bring balance to our economy by empowering workers, raising wages, and insisting that those who gain the most must contribute the most in order to keep the American Dream going forward," Buttigieg said. "But that is different from Sen. Sanders' vision of capitalism as the root of all evil, that would go beyond reform and reorder the economy in ways most Democrats — not to mention most Americans — don't support." The New York City mayor De Blasio, who dropped his "longshot" presidential bid last September and earlier in February announced his endorsement for Sanders' White House bid, said that Buttigieg didn't "understand the moment" Sanders "has built," adding it "reflects the true values" and "hope of working people in America." "They simply want a country that puts working people first," de Blasio added. "Your critique tonight speaks for the American elite, not the majority." As Vox noted, entrance polls conducted at Saturday's Nevada caucus indicated that both Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar performed poorly among the state's Black population, which make up 11% of the caucus-goers in the state. De Blasio pointed to Buttigieg's low support among racial minorities, directing the 38-year-old president hopeful to "show some humility." "And hey @PeteButtigieg, try to not be so smug when you just got your ass kicked," de Blasio tweeted Saturday night. "You know how we form a winning coalition to beat Trump? With a true multi-racial coalition of working Americans: something @BernieSanders has proven he can do + you haven't." The Buttigieg campaign has not returned a Business Insider request for comment. .@PeteButtigieg, you clearly don’t understand the movement @BernieSanders has built. It reflects the true values + hope of working people in America. They simply want a country that puts working people first. Your critique tonight speaks for the American elite, not the majority — Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) February 23, 2020 Saturday's results among Black Americans in Nevada could spell trouble in future states Buttigieg, who has continued to struggle to gain traction with black voters, ended up receiving about 2% of the African American vote in Nevada, Vox reported. Klobuchar received about 3%, according to the report. As the primary leaves Nevada, where a Latino support helped Sanders win big, and heads to South Carolina where the black electorate make up a key voting bloc, trailing candidates are ramping up support among African Americans who make up about 27% of the population in the state, according to US Census data. A recent Winthrop University poll of South Carolina voters found that Buttigieg had just about 1% of support among African Americans there. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who's staked his campaign on support from diverse states and black voters, had the majority of American American support – 31%, according to the poll, which had a margin-of-error of 5.9 percent. Sanders had 17% of support in that poll among African American voters. South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that his state's electorate might not support someone who calls himself a socialist, referring to Sanders, a democratic socialist. "I do believe it will be an extra burden for us to have to carry," Clyburn said. "This is South Carolina, and South Carolinians are pretty leery about that title socialist." De Blasio had dismissed similar criticisms of Sanders after Nevada. "Purveyors of Conventional Wisdom are telling us tonight that @BernieSanders can't be elected President because he's different," de Blasio said in a final tweet Saturday night. "Just like they said about Donald Trump. Just like they said about Barack Obama. The truth: you CAN'T be elected in America today UNLESS you're different." Read more: National security adviser rejects report of Russian interference to help Trump get reelected, but believes Russia would help Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders just cemented his frontrunner status with a huge victory in Nevada. Here's how his Medicare for All plan would remake the $3.6 trillion US healthcare industry. Here's who will be onstage for the February 25 Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina and how to watch it Despite previous attacks, Medicare for All proved to be a huge winner for Bernie Sanders for the third primary in a row, polls show Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope