WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump on Sunday rejected that he had actually been briefed on reported U.S. intelligence that a Russian military intelligence system secretly provided bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan, and he appeared to lessen the accusations versus Moscow.
American intelligence authorities concluded months ago that Russian officials used rewards for successful attacks on American service-members in 2015, at a time when the U.S. and Taliban were holding speak to end the long-running war, according to The New York Times.
Trump, in a Sunday early morning tweet, said “Nobody informed or informed me” or Vice President Mike Pence or chief of personnel Mark Meadows about “the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians.”
” Everybody is rejecting it & there have actually not been numerous attacks on us,” he stated.
The White House had actually released a declaration Saturday denying that Trump or Pence had been briefed on such intelligence. “This does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence however to the error of the New York Times story incorrectly recommending that President Trump was briefed on this matter,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.
Trump’s director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, likewise said neither the president nor vice president was “ever briefed on any intelligence alleged” in the Times’ report and he said the White Home statement was “accurate.”
Trump’s tweet came a day after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden stated that the report, if accurate, was a “genuinely stunning revelation” about the leader in chief and his failure to secure U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and stand up to Russia.
Russia called the report “rubbish.”
” This unsophisticated plant clearly illustrates the low intellectual abilities of the propagandists of American intelligence, who instead of inventing something more possible have to comprise this nonsense,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stated.
A Taliban spokesperson stated the militants “highly decline this allegation” and are not “indebted to the beneficence of any intelligence organ or foreign country.”
John Bolton, a previous national security adviser who was dislodged by Trump last September and has now written a tell-all book about his time at the White House, said Sunday that “it is pretty amazing the president’s heading out of his method to state he hasn’t heard anything about it, one asks, why would he do something like that?”
Bolton informed NBC’s “Fulfill journalism” that he thinks the response “might be exactly because active Russian aggressiveness like that against the American service members is a very, really serious matter and nothing’s been done about it, if it holds true, for these previous 4 or 5 months, so it might look like he was irresponsible. However naturally, he can disown everything if no one ever told him about it.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a member of the “Gang of 8” congressional leaders briefed on delicate intelligence matters, informed ABC’s “Today” that she had actually not been notified about the reported bounties and asked for a report to Congress on the matter.
” This is as bad as it gets, and yet the president will not face the Russians on this score, rejects being briefed. Whether he is or not, his administration knows and our allies– a few of our allies who deal with us in Afghanistan had been informed and accept this report,” she stated.
The Times, citing unnamed authorities acquainted with the intelligence, said the findings were presented to Trump and discussed by his National Security Council in late March. Authorities established prospective actions, starting with a diplomatic complaint to Russia, however the White House has yet to license any step, the report said.
Trump responded to Biden on Twitter, stating “Russia consumed his and Obama’s lunch throughout their time in workplace”
However it was the Obama administration, together with global allies, that suspended Russia from the Group of Eight after its unilateral annexation of Crimea from Ukraine– a move that drew prevalent condemnation.
Biden criticized Trump for “his awkward project of deference and debasing himself” prior to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Trump tweeted that “Nobody’s been tougher” on Russia than his administration.
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