The TAKE with MaryAlice Parks
For those Americans worried that Russians purposefully attempted to disrupt and influence U.S. public opinion in the run-up to the 2016 elections and that they might try to do so again, President Donald Trump offered few reassurances.
It feels historic and perhaps unprecedented that U.S. law enforcement officers and members of Congress could repeatedly sound the alarm, saying foreign state actors attacked American institutions, and the commander in chief would respond so cavalierly.
The day after the Justice Department announced new indictments against Russian military officers, President Trump’s team focused on what the legal document did not say. It did not, for example, include charges that Americans knowingly helped the hackers.
Two days after the indictment, President Trump blamed a private American political organization for not having better cyber-security.
Perhaps in his meeting today with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President…