President Trump was asked by a group of reporters over the weekend whether or not he was aware Russian forces were paying Taliban forces to kill American troops.
The accusation came from news reports earlier in the day that claimed the Russian government was placing bounties on the American soldiers.
Trump dismissed the question and the report, speculating both were fabricated by mainstream media.
“Nobody briefed or told me, @VP Pence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an ‘anonymous source,'” he tweeted.
“Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us. Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration. With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a field day, taking over important parts of Ukraine – Where’s Hunter? Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax. Who is their ‘source’?” he added.
…Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration. With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a field day, taking over important parts of Ukraine – Where’s Hunter? Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax. Who is their “source”?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2020
Pelosi isn’t buying it.
The Washington Examiner reports:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t buying President Trump’s denial that he was briefed on reports of Russia placing bounties on U.S. troops.
The California Democrat told ABC’s This Week on Sunday that she believes Russia is holding something over Trump and causing him to “ignore” intelligence briefings that should have negative consequences against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Pelosi said she isn’t sure what the Russians have on Trump but suggested something was being held over him.
“This is as bad as it gets, and yet the president will not confront the Russians on this score — denies being briefed. Whether he is or not, his administration knows, and our allies, some of our allies who work with us in Afghanistan have been briefed and accept this report. Just as I have said to the president, with him, all roads lead to Putin,” Pelosi said.
“I don’t know what the Russians have on the president, politically, personally, financially, or whatever it is. But he wants to ignore — he wants to bring them back to the G-8 despite the annexation of Crimea and the invasion of Ukraine,” she continued. “Despite what they yielded to him in Syria. Despite his intervention into our election, which is well documented by our intelligence community, and despite now, possibly, this allegation, which we should have been briefed on.”
“The president wants to ignore any allegation against Russia. … You would think that the minute the president heard of it he would want to know more instead of denying that he knew anything,” the House Speaker said. “Now if in fact — we’ll find out he has been briefed and it was in the daily brief, but if it were not, what does that say about the concern that those who have briefed the president have about not going anywhere near the Russia issue with this president? This is appalling.”