On Sunday President Trump categorically denied that he and Vice President Mike Pence had been informed of a generosity that Russia would pay to the Taliban to kill U.S. forces in Afghanistan, previously claiming that the White House claims the two were unaware .
“Nobody informed or told me, @VPPence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by the Russians, as reported by an anonymous source from Fake News @nytimes. Everyone denies it and there haven’t been many attacks on us. ” Trump posted on Twitter.
“Nobody has been tougher with Russia than the Trump Administration. With Corrupt Joe Biden and Obama, Russia had a hard day, taking over important parts of Ukraine ̵
He invited the newspaper to reveal its source, but added that “this” person “probably doesn’t even exist!”
The New York Times reported bounties on Friday and said the president was informed of the situation and was discussed in late March by the White House National Security Council.
The report says several options have been weighed – including sanctions and a complaint to be made through the diplomatic channel – but the White House has not yet authorized any response. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and director of national intelligence John Ratcliffe made statements on Saturday saying Trump and Pence had not been informed.
McEnany’s statement commented on the “inaccuracy of the history of the New York Times which erroneously suggests that President Trump has been briefed on the matter.”
Trump, in a third tweet, criticized the way Joe Biden and the Obama administration handled relations with Russia.
“Fun to see the corrupt Joe Biden read a statement on Russia, which was obviously written by its managers. Russia ate his lunch and Obama’s during their tenure, so much so that Obama wanted them out of the then G-8. The United States was weak on everything, but especially on Russia! ”He said in the publication.
Biden, the alleged Democratic presidential candidate, blew up Trump on Saturday for failing to protect American troops.
“His whole presidency has been a gift for Putin, but this is beyond pale,” said the former vice president in a virtual town hall, referring to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. “It is a betrayal of the most sacred duty that we assume as a nation, to protect and equip our troops when we send them into danger.”
Former President Barack Obama and other members of the group of 8 industrialized nations expelled Russia from the association in 2014 following Putin’s illegal annexation to Crimea.
Trump, who will host this year’s G-7 meeting, has proposed inviting Russia to the planned September meeting.