Secretary of State Rex Tillerson admitted Tuesday that the United States is likely unable to preempt a Russian attack on midterm elections, even though officials are aware the foreign power is trying to do so.
In an interview with Fox News from Bogotá, Colombia, where he met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Tillerson said Russia was gearing up to meddle in the 2018 U.S. elections following the playbook it used in 2016.
"I don't know that I would say we are better prepared, because the Russians will adapt, as well. The point is, if it's their intention to interfere, they are going to find ways to do that. We can take steps, but this is something that, once they decide they are going to do it, it's very difficult to pre-empt it."
President Donald Trump's CIA Director Mike Pompeo made similar remarks last month, saying that he has "every expectation that [the Russians] will continue" trying to interfere with U.S. elections.
"But I'm confident that America will be able to have a free and fair election [and] that we will push back in a way that is sufficiently robust that the impact they have on our election won't be great," Pompeo said.