Dick Cheney‘s recent speech (see below) in India is getting attention because the former Vice President said Russia’s interference in the American election could be considered an “act of war.” But Cheney also asserted that Russia wasn’t finished interfering “in major ways with our basic, fundamental democratic processes” — a warning that is getting perhaps less attention. Cheney expects more attempts at interference “going forward” and prescribes vigilance. Cheney’s remarks come near the beginning of the video.
Cheney backed Trump for president, though not strenuously, and believes that the Russian interference attempts don’t take away the legitimacy of Trump’s election. How does Cheney square this? He never says the Russian attempts were successful, or at least never says that they were successful enough to have affected the outcome. Cheney also called Donald Trump’s rise “surprising.”