Trump denies he understood about Russia-Taliban bounty on US troops
President Trump on Sunday adamantly denied that he and Vice President Mike Pence had been briefed about a bounty Russia alleged paid out the Taliban to eliminate US forces in Afghanistan, backing up before White House promises that the two were being unaware.
“Nobody briefed or advised me, @VPPence, or Main of Team @MarkMeadows about the so-termed assaults on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as described as a result of an ‘anonymous source by the Fake News @nytimes. All people is denying it & there have not been numerous assaults on us,” Trump posted on Twitter.
“Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration. With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a industry working day, getting more than essential pieces of Ukraine – Where’s Hunter?,” he continued. “Probably just a further phony Situations strike career, just like their failed Russia Hoax. Who is their ‘source’?”
He called on the newspaper to expose its source, but extra that “this ‘person’ in all probability does not even exist!”
The New York Instances reported on the bounties on Friday and claimed the president was created conscious about the condition and was talked about in late March by the White House’s National Security Council.
The report claimed many solutions have been weighed — together with sanctions and a complaint to be created through diplomatic channel — but the White Residence experienced nevertheless to authorize any response. White Household press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe produced statements on Saturday declaring that Trump and Pence had not been briefed.
McEnany’s statement commented on the “inaccuracy of The New York Occasions story erroneously suggesting that President Trump was briefed on this make any difference.”
Trump, in a 3rd tweet, criticized how Joe Biden and the Obama administration taken care of Russia relations.
“Funny to see Corrupt Joe Biden reading a statement on Russia, which was of course composed by his handlers. Russia ate his and Obama’s lunch throughout their time in workplace, so badly that Obama wished them out of the then G-8. U.S. was weak on almost everything, but particularly Russia!,” he reported in the posting.
Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, blasted Trump on Saturday for failing to secure American troops.
“His complete presidency has been a reward to Putin, but this is outside of the pale,” the previous vice president reported at a digital town hall, referring to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. “It’s a betrayal of the most sacred duty we bear as a country, to safeguard and equip our troops when we mail them into harm’s way.”
Former President Barack Obama and other customers of the Team of 8 industrialized nations ousted Russia from the association in 2014 pursuing Putin’s unlawful annexation of Crimea.
Trump, who is web hosting this year’s conference of the G-7, has proposed inviting Russia to September’s predicted gathering.
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