US election 2020: China, Russia and Iran ‘trying to influence’ vote


China, Russia and Iran are among countries seeking to influence the US presidential election this year, a top US intelligence chief has warned. A statement issued by the director of US counterintelligence said foreign states were using “covert and overt influence measures” to sway the vote. It said China did not want President Donald Trump’s re-election while Russia wanted to hurt Democrat Joe Biden. Intelligence chiefs accuse Russia of interfering in the 2016 election. They say Russia wanted to help boost Mr Trump’s campaign, including by spreading disinformation online. Russia has denied the allegations. Asked at a press conference on Friday what he planned to do about the report on election interference, President Trump said his administration would look “very closely” into it.

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