Durbin: I Don't Understand the White House's Silence in the Face of Russian Cyberattack

WASHINGTON – In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today slammed President Trump for his silence in the aftermath of a government-wide cyberattack that was likely conducted by Russia — one of a series of ongoing Russian attacks and threats including the placing of bounties on American servicemembers.  Durbin called for the Administration to be firm and honest with the American people about the nature of this threat and for a full investigation into what went wrong.

“The White House has been virtually silent as all of these facts have unfolded by the day. I cannot understand why the Commander in Chief of the United States of America has not spoken out forcefully against the Russians for their involvement in this cybersecurity breach, why he has not likened this to a virtual invasion of the United States when it comes to our own national security,” Durbin said. “I'm hopeful that the new President, Joe Biden, when he takes office January 20th, will make it a priority to establish a new understanding and relationship with Vladimir Putin. The United States cannot be a victim of Putin over and over again without speaking out and more. I'm counting on Joe Biden to do that. I believe he will. He is a realist.”

Video of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here.

Audio of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here. 

Footage of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here for TV Stations.