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OPINION: Trump Needs to Condemn Foreign Election Meddling

Trump must protect the validity of our elections.

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Surrounded by unproven claims of election fraud and collusion, Trump has focused on defending the integrity of his campaign instead of defending the integrity of our election process.

As President of the United States, and leader of the free world, it is Trump’s duty to protect our integrity as a nation. His notion that he is being personally attacked by the Russian investigation is valid, considering Democrats have been very transparent about their disdain for him, and hopes that the investigation will yield his impeachment. This is where we can blame Democrats to an extent (but Trump is ultimately responsible), because they are not respecting the true reasons for the investigation. As a democracy we can not allow claims of fraud and collusion to go without investigation, and we must have faith in our legal system’s ability to show his campaign’s innocence or guilt.

Trump needs to step up and do what Obama failed to do: condemn foreign election meddling, and initiate steps to mitigate and abolish it in future elections. During his presidency Obama was aware of Russian meddling and failed to take steps to reduce it, which opened the door to allegations of collusion within the Trump Campaign.

On numerous occasions, Trump has expressed that he won the election honestly, and has shown disdain for the allegations against his campaign. It is now time for him to take steps to prevent our elections from potential future interference from foreigners, and domestic groups, including all foreign propaganda groups, and domestic propaganda groups that use atypical and unethical methods of affecting election results.

Russian interference in our elections is nothing new, so its surprising that little has been done by previous administrations. Using election meddling as a way to question the validity of the Trump presidency, those who disagree with him have brought election meddling to the spotlight following the 2016 election. Evidence of Russian interference in 117 foreign elections from 1946 to 2000 exists and provides a basis for the argument that the Trump administration is not entirely to blame for the United States’ failure to condemn and take appropriate actions against these threats to our democracy. President Trump needs to announce an offensive, action-based solution to preventing and mitigating this interference. His failure to do so thus far has given people the ability to attack him for collusion with Russia, as he appears to be omitting this in order to protect himself.

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