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White House trusts Russia’s word on election interference

White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien isn’t concerned about Russian interference in U.S. elections because his counterpart in Moscow assured him there are no such plans.

The adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he had delivered the warning during a meeting in Geneva on Friday with Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council. Mr. O’Brien did not disclose what else was discussed, but the meeting comes as the administration is racing a deadline to decide whether to extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty and as it faces pressure to act against Moscow after the poisoning of Aleksei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader.

According to the CBS News transcript, O’Brien explained that he “demanded” to Patrushev that Russia not interfere in U.S. elections, adding, “The Russians have committed to” steering clear.

It’s quite likely that the national security adviser knew that Donald

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