Rep. Eric Swalwell said American elections are even more vulnerable to cyberattacks in the future because the U.S. has done nothing to stop them.
His comments came on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"We've done nothing and we've made ourselves more vulnerable because we're divided," Swalwell, D-Calif., and a member of the House intelligence committee, said. "And because we're divided, it's not only Russia, who will be sharpening (its) knives, and our intelligence tells us that.
"It's other countries with similar capabilities as well as your run of the mill cybercriminal who will see this as an opportunity to involve themselves in 2018.
"And as we approach the next election, if we don't want to have a hearing in 2019 or after the presidential election in 2020 because another country meddled in our elections, we need our president to put in place reforms to protect us from ever being in this position again. If he won't acknowledge we were attacked or who was responsible, it's going to be hard for us to do that."
Swalwell said he believes Russia has already been rewarded for playing a role in the election.
"But I'll also suggest this," he said. "We know what the Russians have gotten out of helping Donald Trump in their interference. They have gotten unfettered access to the White House where they've been given national security secrets.
"They have a president who really diminishes the role of NATO, a president who entertains the idea of reducing sanctions. What have we gotten from Russia? They're talking about shooting down American planes? They're continuing to mess around in Syria in a way that is violating human rights and they've done nothing to come out of Ukraine."
And Swalwell put the blame squarely on Trump.
"I believe the president's tone and the president's disbelief of the evidence is keeping us from unifying," he said.
His comments came after former homeland security secretary Jeh Johnson had accused President Trump of increasing the likelihood of future cyberattacks through his defensive response to Russia's interference in 2016, the Washington Examiner reported.
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