Mattis says Russian Federation tried to 'muck around' United States vote, again

Mattis Putin tried to 'muck around' in US midterm elections

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis condemned Russia's recent attack on Ukrainian ships, and criticized China for "predatory economic behavior" during a speech Saturday at a defense forum in California.

Mattis also touched on the US intention to quit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which the USA says Russian Federation is violating, according to a transcript provided in advance.

American intelligence agencies concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election to sow discord and boost Trump's chances through a campaign of propaganda and hacking aimed at disparaging his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. "He tried again to muck around in our elections this last month, and we are seeing a continued effort along those lines", Mattis said.

Russia said the Ukrainian ships had breached the Russian border and conducted unsafe movements in spite of Russia's orders.

Mattis said, in the Indo-Pacific region, we keep our decades-old alliances strong by building new partnerships.

"This is a very complex situation because clearly Mr. Putin is a slow learner", Mattis said.

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There was minimal structural damage Friday to Anchorage buildings, though some major roadways will need significant repairs. But once we realized we had to get under the desks and it kept going, people got scared. "Just broken glass everywhere".

"We are dealing with someone that we simply can not trust", he said.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders did not elaborate on what was discussed during the conversation, according to USA Today.

Mattis said that American intelligence is seeing "a continued effort" by Russian Federation to interfere in American elections, after they meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

During the forum, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Russian Federation will continue to undermine its neighbors, but also the United States in order to project its strength.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday said the Ukraine events were the only reason Trump canceled his planned formal meeting with Putin in Argentina, not developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

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