White House asserts ‘vast’ effort to protect elections

  • FBI Director Christopher Wray listens during the daily press briefing at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Washington. From left also listening are White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, national security adviser John Bolton, Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON — Responding to wide-ranging criticism that it lacked a clear national strategy to protect U.S. elections, the Trump administration put on a show of force Thursday and said the president had directed a “vast, government-wide effort” to safeguard a cornerstone of American democracy.

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