Friday’s bombshell in The New York Times says that a Russian military intelligence unit offered money to militants in Afghanistan to kill U.S. soldiers.
Let that sink in a minute. RUSSIA tried to pay (or did pay?) the TALIBAN to kill U.S. soldiers…
And according to Forbes,
- Trump was briefed about the situation in March and the White House reportedly discussed a response. No action has been taken.
- Late on Saturday the White House issued a carefully worded response denying that Trump was briefed on the matter, but added that the statement doesn’t “speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence.”
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was one of the few high-profile Republicans to speak out about the report, saying it’s “imperative” Congress investigate the report and for the “Trump Administration to take such allegations seriously” in a message on Twitter.
- Democrats raised alarms about the report on Saturday and were quick to blast Trump for not acting more swiftly; Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) wrote on Twitter that it was another example of the president “cozying up to Putin.”
- Representatives for the Taliban denied the charges and the Russian embassy said the Times story was filled with “baseless and anonymous accusations”in a message on Twitter.
And don’t forget, in 2018 during a summit in Helsinki, Trump challenged his OWN intelligence community’s findings of election interference while flanked by Putin. Earlier this year, intelligence officials warned House lawmakers that Russia interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get Trump re-elected in 2020.
What do Republicans have to say about this bombshell report…? Besides Lady G? Nothing.
EXCLUSIVE: A Russian spy unit secretly offered bounties to militants in Afghanistan for killing American troops, U.S. intelligence officials found. Trump and White House have known for months, but not authorized any response.— Charlie Savage (@charlie_savage) June 26, 2020
w/ @EricSchmittNYT @mschwirtzhttps://t.co/o5NKTRDE8h
Stop producing #fakenews that provoke life threats, @nytimes.— Russia in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) June 27, 2020
We demand the relevant #US authorities take effective measures to ensure the fulfillment of their international obligations under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961. @StateDept @FBI @DHSgov ⬇️ https://t.co/Ows7srg3IH
Since Trump learned of Russian bounties on the lives of American soldiers, he’s— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) June 27, 2020
Provided Russia ventilators✔️
Joint statement with Putin✔️
Withdrawn from Open Skies✔️
Pushed to invite Russia to G8✔️
& reduced troops in Europe✔️
Is there anything Trump won’t do for Putin? https://t.co/s1dXLlR8pD
Trump says he never got briefed by CIA/DNI that Putin GRU Unit was paying bounties to get US troops killed. ZERO CHANCE THAT IS TRUE. Wants Russia in G7. Our President is fronting the interests of a Russian dictator who is a hostile to America. https://t.co/kc5y9R7i2k— Barry R McCaffrey (@mccaffreyr3) June 28, 2020