“This is as bad as it gets, and yet the president will not confront the Russians on this score,” Pelosi mentioned.
According to the Times report, printed Friday, the bounties had been provided amid peace talks to finish the long-running conflict in Afghanistan. The report cites U.S. officers briefed on the intelligence, who additionally mentioned President Donald Trump was made conscious and the White House’s National Security Council mentioned a response, however didn’t take motion.
Lawmakers on either side of the aisle have known as for solutions. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham mentioned he expects the administration to take these allegations critically. Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez mentioned the Senate ought to vote on new sanctions in opposition to Russia.
On Saturday, the White House issued a cautious response, saying neither Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence had been briefed on the alleged intelligence. “This does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany added.
Trump broke his silence early Sunday morning to reiterate that he and Pence had not been briefed, questioning the Times’ nameless supply and as soon as once more calling the outlet “Fake News.” The president then deflected onto his Democratic rivals.
“Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration. With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a field day, taking over important parts of Ukraine — Where’s Hunter? Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax. Who is their ‘source’?”
The embassy additionally tapped into Trump’s language: “Stop producing #fakenews that provoke life threats, @nytimes.”
On Sunday, Pelosi was incredulous. If the president was not briefed in regards to the scenario, she mentioned, “what does that say about the concern that those who briefed the president have about not going anywhere near the Russia issue with this president?”
The Speaker mentioned the “list is a long one” when it comes to Trump giving Russia a go. She pointed to Russian interference within the 2016 election and the president saying he would invite Putin to an expanded assembly of the Group of seven nations.
“This Week” host George Stephanopoulos requested Pelosi straight if she thought the Russians had one thing on Trump.
She responded: “Why wouldn’t he say, let’s look into it and see what this [is]? Giving the money to Taliban, a bounty on the lives of our troops in Afghanistan. How do you answer to the families of those who — family members who are serving there?”
American troops have been in Afghanistan since October 2001, a month after the 9/11 terrorist assaults; the target was to dislodge the Taliban and seek out Osama bin Laden. When Russia was nonetheless a part of the Soviet Union, it was additionally concerned in a expensive conflict there, from 1979 to 1989.