Trump Claims ‘Nobody Told Me’ About Russia Putting Bounties on U.S. Soldiers
President Donald Trump has denied any knowledge of Russia offering bounties for the death of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. The shocking revelation appears to have shaken the President, who has both denied he was briefed and denied it’s true.
“Nobody briefed or told me, [Mike] Pence, or Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians,” Trump tweeted.
“Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us,” he said.
Late on Sunday night, Trump returned to the subject, this time claiming the report in the New York Times was simply false However, this claim seems to be undermined both by sources in Congress and the fact that the administration is due to brief the House on the matter on Monday.
Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad!!! https://t.co/cowOmP7T1S
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2020
“Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or [Pence],” Trump said. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News […], wanting to make Republicans look bad!!!”
Trump mistakenly tagged New York Times Books in the tweet. Though it appears the President is scrambling as this major story continues to make waves, it’s unlikely he’ll be able to distract attention from the fact Russia was paying the Taliban to kill Americans and their allies.