Donald Trump insisted that “no one told him” that Russia would reportedly have offered gifts to Taliban-linked militants if they killed US soldiers in Afghanistan.
In a series of tweets on Sunday morning, the president criticized: “Nobody informed or spoke to me, Vice President Pence or chief of staff Mark Meadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by the Russians, as reported by a “anonymous source” from the New York Times Fake News “.
‘Everyone denies it and there haven’t been many attacks on us …..’ Trump continued.
The president’s comments follow a Times report that he was informed in March of Moscow̵
He asked the Times for the source the newspaper got the information from – claiming otherwise, the source was likely to be invented.
“The Fake News @ nytimes must reveal its” anonymous “source, said the president.” I bet they can’t do it, this “person” probably doesn’t even exist! “
In a reprimand of the claims made in the report, Trump said that “no one has been harder with Russia” than his administration, continuing that “with Corrupt Joe Biden and Obama, Russia had a field day, noting important parts of the Ukraine.
“Where’s Hunter?” asked the president. ‘Probably just another fake Times job, just like their Russia hoax failed. Who is their “source”?
In the reprimand, Trump claimed that “no one has been harder on Russia” than his administration, continuing that “with Corrupt Joe Biden and Obama, Russia had a field day, taking over important parts of Ukraine
On Saturday, Democratic candidate Joe Biden accused Trump of cheating on American families. He called Trump’s disclosure of alleged inaction ‘shocking’ while stating that “Trump’s entire presidency was a gift to Putin.”
In response, in another Sunday morning tweet, the president reflected how “fun” it was to hear Biden’s admonition, which was “obviously written by his managers”.
‘Russia ate his and Obama’s lunch during their time in office, so much that Obama wanted them out of the then G-8. The United States was weak on everything, but especially on Russia! Trump continued.
Biden’s criticism came shortly before the White House vehemently denied that Trump had been informed about intelligence, as reported by the New York Times on Friday.
Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany strongly denied that the president had known about the plot for months, stating that “neither the president nor the vice president was informed about the alleged Russian-sized intelligence.”
But he added: “This does not speak about the merit of the alleged intelligence, but about the inaccuracy of the New York Times story that erroneously suggests that President Trump has been informed on the matter.”
This has left open the possibility that such intelligence exists.
“The United States receives thousands of intelligence reports per day and is subject to strict controls,” said McEnany’s statement.
“While the White House does not systematically comment on alleged intelligence information or internal deliberations, the CIA director, national security adviser and chief of staff can all confirm that neither the president nor the vice president was informed about the alleged intelligence of grace. Russian “.
Biden, however, took the opportunity to blow Trump up on the report while speaking in a town hall on Saturday afternoon.
He said that, if true, it contains a “truly shocking revelation” about the commander-in-chief and his failure to protect US troops in Afghanistan and resist Russia.
Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump of betraying American families on Saturday after a New York Times report said the president had failed for months to act on the intelligence of Russian bounties offered to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in afghanistan
Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany fiercely denied that the president had known about intelligence but did not say there was no merit to the report on Russian gifts to Taliban forces
McEnany said Vice President Mike Pence was also not informed in the photo in March
‘The truly shocking revelation that if the Times report is true, and I still stress it, is that President Trump, the commander-in-chief of American troops serving in a dangerous theater of war, has known this for months, according to the Times and it did worse than nothing, “said Biden, the alleged Democratic candidate, during the virtual town hall.
“Not only did he fail to sanction and impose any kind of consequences on Russia for this serious violation of international law, but Donald Trump continued his embarrassing campaign of deference and debasing himself before Vladimir Putin,” added the former vice president.
“He got this information, according to the Times, and yet he offered to host Putin in the United States and tried to invite Russia to rejoin the G7.”
Biden called it a “betrayal of the most sacred duty we assume as a nation: to protect and equip our troops when we send them in danger”.
He said that Americans serving in the military have put their lives to the limit.
“I think of this as a dad, a father who sent his son to serve dangerously for a year in the Middle East and Iraq and I am disgusted by those families whose loved ones serve today,” said Biden.
‘When your child volunteers to serve, he puts his life in danger for the country. They take known and unknown risks for this nation, but they should never, ever, ever, ever face a threat like this with their commander in chief who turns a blind eye to a foreign power that puts a bounty on his head.
“I am quite frankly outraged by the relationship,” Biden continued
He promised that if he is elected, “Putin will face and we will bring serious costs to Russia”.
Trump’s democratic rival Joe Biden blew up the president on Saturday for his potential inaction
Trump learned in March of intelligence that he reportedly showed that Russia had offered gifts to militants linked to the Taliban if they killed US soldiers in Afghanistan.
The New York Times reported Friday that US intelligence officials concluded months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered gifts to Taliban-related militants for killing US troops in Afghanistan.
The report says that the Russians offered rewards for successful attacks last year, at a time when the U.S. and Taliban were arguing to end the long war.
Twenty Americans were killed last year in the bloody Afghan war that started in 2001, but it was unclear if any of these deaths were suspected.
According to the document, members of US politics have developed a “menu” of options, from a diplomatic slap to further increases in US sanctions or other unnamed responses.
But officials said the White House has not yet received any response and that no explanation has been given for the delay.
Reportedly, the information was kept strictly secret until the administration began expanding the briefings this week.
They also shared intelligence with the British government whose troops are said to be among those affected.
The news hit the Trump administration as it was already grappling with the coronavirus pandemic and while Trump hoped that a peace deal with the Taliban would end the war in Afghanistan in the final months of his re-election campaign.
Trump is currently withdrawing troops, meeting one of the militants’ key demands as he attempts to end America’s longest war.
The Taliban denied the report, reiterating that it had been committed to an agreement signed with Washington in February that paved the way for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan within the next year.
The militants also claimed that home-made explosives account for most of the fatal accidents among U.S. forces.
“The nineteen-year-old jihad of the Islamic emirate is not indebted to the benefit of any intelligence agency or foreign country,” the Taliban said in a statement released in Kabul.
The Taliban claimed that homemade explosives caused most of the casualties among U.S. forces
Trump hoped that a peace deal with the Taliban would end the war in Afghanistan in the final months of his re-election campaign. Pictured Taliban fighters and villagers celebrate peace agreement signed between the U.S. and Taliban in February
The group, believed to have received years of support from Pakistani intelligence, also denied previous U.S. allegations of having received weapons from Russia.
“The Islamic emirate made use of weapons, structures and tools … which were already present in Afghanistan or which are wars of war often seized by the opposition in battles,” he said.
Russia also denounced the report, with its embassy in Washington tweeting that the “unfounded and anonymous accusations” in the history of the Times had “already led to direct threats to employee lives” in its embassies in Washington and London.
“Stop producing #fakenews that cause threats to life, @nytimes,” he added in a subsequent tweet.
Russia has a tortured history in Afghanistan, where the former Soviet Union in the past few years has been mired in a devastating fight against Islamic guerrillas, later supported by Washington.
The Russian embassy in the United States strongly denied the allegations in a Twitter discussion on Friday evening
The United States has already sanctioned Russia following the country’s interference in the U.S. election, which prosecutors have linked to President Vladimir Putin. The Trump administration has not taken any action in retaliation for the gifts, according to the report
The New York Times said there were several theories as to why Russia would support the Taliban attacks, including the desire to keep Washington bogged down in the war.
He said the Russian unit could also seek revenge for the killing by the United States of Russian mercenaries in Syria, where Moscow supports President Bashar al-Assad.
According to the newspaper, the Taliban operation was led by a unit known as G.R.U., which was blamed for numerous international incidents including a 2018 chemical weapons attack in Britain that nearly killed Russian double agent Sergei Skripal.
In recent years, the unit has been linked to assassination attempts or revenge plans aimed at destabilizing the West.
Yet it would have been the first time he was known to have started attacks on Western troops, a major escalation of force against the United States.