After Trump Denies Knowledge of Reported Russian Bounties on U.S. Soldiers, Lawmakers From Both Parties Demand Answers


Leaders of each events pressed on Sunday for solutions from the White Home about reviews that Russian President Vladimir Putin had put bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and that the U.S. had taken no motion in response. Democrats known as for hearings to be held.

In his first touch upon the matter, President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that “no one briefed or informed me” in regards to the “so-called assaults,” a remark that his former nationwide safety adviser termed “exceptional.”

The New York Instances reported Friday on the alleged actions by Russian army intelligence — paying Taliban-linked militias to kill American and British troops — and that Trump and different high White Home officers had been briefed on the matter months in the past. Main components have been additionally reported by the Washington Put up.

In a follow-up story Sunday, the Instances wrote that commandos and spies on the bottom in Afghanistan had reported their findings to superiors in January and that that they had first grown suspicious after discovering a big stash of U.S. {dollars} at a Taliban outpost. The U.S. army was reviewing assaults on People for doable hyperlinks to the alleged Russian incentive plan, the Instances mentioned, whereas the Washington Put up mentioned the bounties possible resulted within the deaths of a number of U.S. service members.

Consultant Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking Republican within the Home, on Sunday appeared to just accept Trump’s remark as true. In a tweet she known as for a proof of “who did know and when,” and requested if the subject had been raised within the PDB, or the president’s each day transient. Consultant Dan Crenshaw of Texas retweeted Cheney, including, “we’d like solutions.”

A key Trump ally, Senator Lindsey Graham, mentioned on Saturday it was “crucial Congress resolve” the allegations about Russia.

“I anticipate the Trump administration to take such allegations significantly and inform Congress instantly as to the reliability of those information reviews,” the South Carolina Republican mentioned on Twitter. Graham golfed with Trump on Sunday in Virginia.

Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi mentioned Sunday she wasn’t conscious of the intelligence in regards to the Russian bounty on U.S. forces in Afghanistan, however “we’ve known as for a report back to the Congress on this.”

“That is as dangerous because it will get, and but the president is not going to confront the Russians on this rating, denies being briefed. Whether or not he’s or not, his administration is aware of,” Pelosi mentioned on ABC’s “This Week.”

Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, questioned Trump’s continued pleasant relationship with Putin, together with his name for the Russian chief to be current on the subsequent G7 assembly, “all whereas his administration reportedly knew Russia was making an attempt to kill U.S troops in Afghanistan.”

Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed, the rating member on the Senate armed forces committee, mentioned the obvious lack of a response by Trump to the alleged Russian bounties had put U.S. troops in Afghanistan in additional hazard. “The U.S. should maintain accountable anybody who targets our troops,” he mentioned.

In a letter requesting that hearings be held as quickly as doable, Senator Tammy Duckworth dubbed the president’s inaction a betrayal of the U.S. army. A veteran, Duckworth is usually talked about as a doable vice presidential choose for Joe Biden, Trump’s presumptive rival in November’s election.

“Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, army households and the American folks deserve solutions and accountability for President Trump’s outrageous failure of management and obvious betrayal of our troops,” the Illinois Democrat wrote to James Inhofe, the Republican chairman of the armed companies committee.

‘Fairly Exceptional’

Former Nationwide Safety Adviser John Bolton, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” mentioned it was “fairly exceptional the president’s going out of his strategy to say he hasn’t heard something about it, one asks, why would he do one thing like that?”

“He can disown every little thing if nobody ever informed him about it,” Bolton mentioned. “It seems to be like simply one other day within the workplace on the Trump White Home.”

Bolton mentioned he didn’t know the standard of the intelligence on the Russian bounty plan, or the extent of it. And never all info that flows by the numerous U.S. intelligence companies is handed on to the commander-in-chief, Bolton famous.

“There must be a filter of intelligence for any president, particularly for this president,” he mentioned.

Requested why Trump is usually defensive of Putin, Bolton mentioned he didn’t learn something into it, essentially. “I simply don’t know what to say apart from if he likes coping with robust authoritarian figures.”

Bolton is in the midst of a media blitz to advertise his tell-all e book depicting the president as persistently prioritizing his personal re-election, even above nationwide safety. On NBC he repeated a rivalry that whereas he gained’t vote for Trump in November, he gained’t vote for Biden, both.

Bolton paints Trump within the e book as ignorant, simply manipulated by international leaders and unfit for workplace. Trump has fired again, calling the e book “lies” and tweeting that Bolton is “wacko” and a “disgruntled boring idiot.”

–With help from Shawn Donnan.





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