Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following today’s White House briefing:

“As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I participated in a White House senior level classified briefing today with the Director of National Intelligence, the National Security Advisor, the Chief of Staff, NSC staff, as well as some of my Congressional colleagues,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “As the Representative and Chief Advocate in Congress for Fort Drum and the soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division, the most deployed unit in the Army, I will continue to work with the Administration to ensure that our number one priority is force protection and protecting our national security – especially our brave men and women in uniform. Since 2017, the Trump Administration has taken decisive actions to counter Russian aggression, including imposing strict sanctions, expelling Russian intelligence officers, closing Russian consulates, and significantly increasing US funding for the European Defense Initiative. In addition, I have worked with the Administration to rebuild our military readiness and intelligence capabilities gutted by President Obama and Vice President Biden. I anticipate additional briefings on this important matter in Afghanistan and my focus is on ensuring the safety and security of our troops."