NSA Director Mike Rogers is warning President Donald Trump not to “think outside of the box” and said the intelligence community’s top cyber official is “working very hard” to secure the White House.
The comments came as a report suggested that Russia is trying to gain access to the personal information of the president.
The Washington Post reported Monday that Russia has used the information gathered from a breach at the Democratic National Committee to target members of the Trump administration.
The Post report said the breach was reported by a cybersecurity firm.
In his testimony to Congress on Monday, Rogers said that Russian hackers are attempting to gain the personal and political information of Trump officials.
The cyber threat from Russia, Rogers added, “has always been real.”
He said that the intelligence agencies’ assessment is that the Russian government has been attempting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.
He added that it’s clear that the White house and the CIA “are not prepared to tolerate that, and we’ve got to act accordingly.”
Rogers also said that he was confident that the U.K. would have the resources and technology to protect the president if the country were attacked.
He said the White Senate is working on an emergency security plan that would “be as robust as possible” to protect U.N. headquarters and other U.C. Berkeley locations.