NSA chief says Trump has not directed him to counter Russian meddling

Adm. Rogers tells Congress Russia has yet to pay a price for interference.

“I’m an operational commander - not a policy maker,” Rogers responded. “I am not going to tell the president what he should or should not do.”

Rogers, who was testifying in his capacity as commander of U.S. Cyber Command, said that absent any new direction from the president, his ability to respond is limited by the scope of his existing authority. According to its mission statement, U.S. Cyber Command has a broad mandate to "conduct full spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries."

“They haven’t paid a price at least that is sufficient to get them to change their behavior,” said Rogers. “It certainly hasn’t generated the change in behavior that I think we all know we need."

“I don’t think we anticipated the level of sustained aggression,” Rogers admitted.

Asked at Tuesday's White House briefing why Rogers has not been given the authority to counter Russian meddling, press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters, "No one is denying him the authority. We're looking at a number of different ways" to prevent Russian interference.