Russia placed a bounty on the heads of US troops in Afghanistan, and Trump chose not to act after being briefed on the matter, according to a report Friday by The New York Times.
The White House on Saturday pushed back against the story, claiming that “neither the President nor the Vice President were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence.”
But former national security officials questions say that if this is true, it exposes huge failings in the Trump administration’s national security apparatus and want to know why the president would have been kept in the dark.
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After an explosive report claimed that a Russian military intelligence unit in Afghanistan offered a bounty to Taliban-linked militias to kill US and coalition soldiers, the questions critics want answers to is ‘what did the president know’, and ‘why didn’t he act?’
In a statement Saturday evening, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that neither President Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence had been briefed on the intelligence.
The New York Times story on Friday claimed the president had been made aware of the matter in March, but chose not to act. …read more
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