Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election wasn’t effective for the U.S. foreign adversary’s ultimate goals, White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Saturday.
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the top U.S. security official said, “Russia may evaluate what it’s been doing … because it’s just not working,” according to Reuters.
McMaster argued that with the 13 indictments announced Friday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against Russian operatives, the country may be convinced to back off from its aggressive tactics, especially since U.S. officials are gaining proficiency when it comes to “tracing the origins of this espionage and subversion.”
He also said that with Mueller’s findings, it is now indisputable that Russia tried to intervene with the electoral process by at least sowing seeds of divisiveness on social media, among other actions, even if it ends up backfiring on them. (RELATED: Here Are Two Of The Russian-Bought Facebook Ads That ‘Helped Sway The Election’)
Both Russian and U.S. officials reportedly quarreled with one another over the allegations levied by Mueller in his indictments.
Some of the exchanges during panels at the conference got really heated, according to Reuters. Two senior officials for Russia respectively referred to the charges at separate points as “fantasies” and “absurd.”
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