Sadly, no American should be surprised by this level of presidential indifference to an existential threat. There are several possible explanations, and none of them are good. The first, and most generous to the president, is that his fragile ego does not allow him to acknowledge Russian involvement in the last election. He sees every report on social media “bots” or cyber attacks as an assault on his legitimacy. That might help explain, for example, how vice president (and trusty automaton) Mike Pence could tell an Axios gathering in D.C. on Wednesday that the intelligence community has concluded that Russia meddling had no effect on the 2016 election when they have, of course, done no such thing.