Administration officials dodge questions on whether Trump’s been briefed on 2020 election security

US President Donald Trump waves as he leaves a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 22, 2019, in Washington, DC. - Trump denied opposition charges of a "cover-up" related to the Russia election meddling probe, urging Democrats to end what he called "phony investigations." ."I don't do cover-ups," Trump told a hastily arranged press event at the White House. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump administration officials seem to be deathly afraid of so much as mentioning 2020 election security to their famously thin-skinned fearless leader. When House and Senate lawmakers recently received classified briefings on election security in the upcoming cycle, some House members questioned whether Donald Trump had been given a comprehensive briefing on the matter.

Five separate sources told CNN that the officials dodged the question, instead offering that Trump receives other briefings and is in frequent contact with Cabinet officials. Perhaps he gets information through osmosis. But a direct answer? No.

How long until we just concede that briefing Trump on efforts to combat election interference is tantamount to giving the enemy a road map to breaching one’s own blockades. Trump has already invited foreign actors to hack next year’s elections, and he’s clearly counting on outside help to win reelection. In an ideal world, the White House would be coordinating election security efforts across agencies. But given the world we’re actually living in, the best-possible-case scenario might be keeping Trump entirely in the dark. 

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