An open letter to 45 regarding Russia
Dear President Trump,
I write to you as a concerned citizen.
I’m concerned because you are aligning yourself with an enemy of the United States and distancing yourself from our allies.
I watched as you attended the G-20 and declared to the world that it, “is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond.” Let me remind you Vladimir Putin is the man who invaded Ukraine and unlawfully seized Crimea. This is the man who stifled freedom of speech, freedom of association, and civil rights within his own country. This man’s values do not align with America’s values. Do not seek his flattery or his approval. Do not seek his support and partnership.
Russia is the primary suspect behind a recent hack (i.e. attack) on at least a dozen U.S. power plants, including a nuclear facility in Kansas. This is significant because for more than a year, Russia is also a primary suspect in the Ukrainian cyber-attacks; attacks that are being considered testing grounds for more devastating cyber-war techniques. Recently the attacks have included Ukrainian power grids. On two separate occasions, hundreds to thousands of people in the Ukraine lost electricity. The blackouts each only lasted hours, but it was an effective proof of concept. A concept that, without strong intervention, could be used as a harmful attack here.
Since the November election, US intelligence officials report there has been an increase in Russian spies in the U.S. and now believe there are nearly 150 suspected intelligence operatives. If they target people who can provide access to classified information, our country is at greater risk.
Now, you are creating a working group with Russia that includes a focus on cyber-security.
In doing so, you choose to ignore our country’s top intelligence officials, which have stated that Russia interfered in our elections. Instead, you place your trust in one of America’s enemies. Make no mistake — Putin does not have America’s interests at heart. Undermining our country serves to strengthen Russia on the world stage. Working with Russia — works against us.
By trusting one of our country’s most dangerous enemies, you look weak and expose our country. Mr. President, we may not agree on many topics of governance, but I hope we do agree on the importance of keeping America safe and strong. Rise above your ego and make the security of one of our government’s founding principles — a free and fair election — your top priority.
Nicole Foerschler Horn
Mom, wife, business owner, and American citizen