President Trump denies knowledge about Russian bounties plot
• President Donald Trump denies being briefed about a Russian plot to offer bounties to Taliban militants in exchange for attacking the coalition troops in Afghanistan since it wasn’t credible and was therefore not reported to him.
• In a tweet on 28th June the Mr. Trump had stated in a tweet and dismissed the allegations while calling them “possibly another fabricated Russia hoax”.
• The president has come under pressure with to provide an explanation as to why he hadn’t heard about the Russian offer before even though US security officials had been weighing on a response to the plot since March.
• Sources say that, multiple administration officials, including ones from Trump’s own cabinet have constantly discussed the bounty offer for months.
• Mr. Trump has also stated in a tweet, “Nobody briefed or told me, [vice president Mike] Pence, or chief of staff Mark Meadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us”.
• Presidential candidate Joe Biden has launched scathing attack on and accused Mr. Trump of betraying troops and failing to act on the various intelligence reports. He stated, “Not only has he failed to sanction or impose any kind of consequences on Russia for this egregious violation of international law, Donald Trump has continued his embarrassing campaign of deference and debasing himself before Vladimir Putin. His entire presidency has been a gift to Putin, but this is beyond the pale. It’s a betrayal of the most sacred duty we bear as a nation, to protect and equip our troops when we send them into harm’s way.” The Russian foreign ministry have called these reports nonsense and have called out the low intellectual level of the propagandists of American intelligence.
• A Russian military intelligence unit had secretly offered cash to the Taliban to attack coalition forces in the fall of 2019, during the talks between the US and the Taliban to end the decades long war. 20 American were killed in Afghanistan in combat in 2019.
• The intelligence director has stated,” I have confirmed that neither the president nor the vice president were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting yesterday, the White House statement addressing this issue earlier today, which denied such a briefing occurred, was accurate.”
Reporter : Jovan H