U.S. President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said that he had not seen any evidence that Russia will help Trump get reelected, according to U.S. media on Saturday.
ABC News released the transcript of O'Brien's interview to be broadcast on Sunday, during which O'Brien said that he did not know about Russian's potential interference in the 2020 U.S. election.
"I haven't seen any intelligence that Russia is doing anything to attempt to get President Trump reelected," O'Brien said.
"And our message to the Russians is stay out of the U.S. elections. We've been very tough on Russia and we've been great on election security," he added.
O'Brien's comments came after The New York Times reported earlier this week that intelligence officials recently briefed the House Intelligence Committee about Russia interfering in the presidential race to get Trump reelected.
Trump rejected the media report in a Friday tweet, calling it a "misinformation campaign" launched by Democratic lawmakers in the Congress.
Chinese health authority Sunday said it received reports of 648 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 97 deaths on Saturday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.
Among the deaths, 96 were in Hubei Province and one in Guangdong Province, according to the National Health Commission.
Mogadishu, Sep 30 (AP/UNB) — Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels on Monday launched two attacks on U.S. and European military targets, officials said.
In the first attack, an estimated 25 fighters of the al-Shabab rebel group were killed when they attempted to storm the Belidogle military airstrip which hosts Somali and U.S. forces, said a Somali intelligence officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
The attack started with suicide bombings at the gate and around the airstrip and were followed by heavy gunfire across the air base in the Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia, said Gen. Ahmed Yusuf, a senior Somali military officer based in Lower Shabelle region.
Al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaida, have claimed the responsibility for the attack.
The U.S. military uses the Belidogle airstrip base to launch drones that attack al-Shabab targets and to train Somali troops.
"This attack, though ineffective, demonstrates the direct threat al-Shabaab poses to Americans, our allies, and interests in the region," said Maj. Gen. William Gayler, U.S. Africa Command director of operations, in a statement released later Monday.
The U.S. Africa Command carried out two airstrikes and used small arms fire to target al-Shabaab fighters fleeing the airstrip, killing an additional 10 rebels and destroying a vehicle, according to the statement.
The second attack was by a suicide car bomber targeting Italian peacekeepers in Mogadishu. The explosion missed a convoy of the European Union peacekeepers but injured Somali civilians who were nearby, according to reports.
Moscow, Sep 30 (AP/UNB) — The Kremlin said Monday that transcripts of calls between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin can only be published by mutual agreement.
The White House has severely restricted the distribution of memos detailing Trump's calls with foreign leaders, including Putin.
Asked about Congress' push for the publication of Putin-Trump calls, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded that "the publication is possible only on mutual accord."
"If we receive some signals from the U.S., we will consider it," he said in a conference call with reporters.
Peskov noted that the "diplomatic practice doesn't envisage such publications," adding that the issue is U.S. internal business.
The rough transcript of Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which was released by the White House, is now the focus of a U.S. impeachment probe. It showed Trump urging Ukraine to "look into" his Democratic political rival Joe Biden.
The publication of the call, in which the presidents made critical comments about German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, has hurt Ukraine's efforts to forge closer ties with the European Union and drawn acerbic comments from other Russian officials and lawmakers.
Speaking Sunday on state television, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the release of Trump-Zelenskiy call by the White House should put other heads of states on guard in conversations with the American president.
"Everyone understands after this scandal that it's dangerous to make calls and conduct talks with Washington," she said.
The Democrats' push for the publications of Trump-Putin calls comes amid a bitter strain over Russia's meddling into the U.S. 2016 presidential election, which the Kremlin has squarely denied and Trump has sought to play down.
Putin and his lieutenants derided U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Kremlin interference in the 2016 presidential election, casting it as a failure and shrugging off Mueller's exposure of evidence of Russian meddling in the vote.
Mueller found that there wasn't enough evidence to establish a conspiracy between Trump's campaign and Russia, but he charged 12 Russian military intelligence officers with breaking into Democratic Party computers and the email accounts of officials with Hillary Clinton's campaign.