The White House said Thursday it is “continuing to gather details” on the latest ransomware attack, including determining whether the “incident occurred with the knowledge or approval of the Russian government.”
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The remarks from press secretary Jen Psaki came a day after President Joe Biden said he would deliver a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the attacks.
Pressed on just what that message would be and what actions the White House planned to take, Psaki said the intelligence community “has not yet attributed the attack and we still don’t have new information on the attribution as of today.”
She said the administration will continue to “send a clear message” to Russia that “we will act.”
Psaki also discussed the situation in Haiti, a day after President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated.
She said the White House is going to let the investigation play out in Haiti, but stands “ready and willing to support Haitian authorities.”
Psaki said the Biden administration continues to call for free and fair elections in the country which will “facilitate a peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected president.”
Regarding the president’s remarks on the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Psaki said she had nothing to preview in terms of plans for the end of a U.S. presence there.
“We’re not going to have a mission accomplished moment in this regard. It’s a 20 year war that has not been won militarily,” she said.
Psaki said Biden wanted to express to the American public his pride and gratitude for the men and women who have served and sacrificed over the last 20 years and would continue to call for a political solution to the fighting there.
“We’re not having a moment of celebration. We’re having a moment where we feel it’s in our national security interest to bring our men and women serving home. And we feel it’s in our national security interests for Afghan forces to be in the lead,” Psaki said.