Donald Trump assured Sunday, without convincing his detractors, not to have been “Briefed” on possible bonuses paid by Moscow to insurgents for killing Western soldiers in Afghanistan, contrary to press reports.
“No one briefed me, or briefed Vice President Mike Pence or Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on the alleged attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by the Russians”, assured the American president in a morning tweet.
“Everyone denies it and there have not been many attacks against us”, he added, taking for the umpteenth time the “Phony media”.
The New York Times, followed by the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, reported that Russian agents had quietly distributed money to fighters “Close to the Taliban” to kill American or NATO soldiers in Afghanistan.
The news was passed on to President Trump and the White House National Security Council discussed it in late March with no reaction, the newspapers said, citing anonymous sources in US intelligence.
Trump in power, or the American nightRussia and the Taliban have denied this information altogether.
The White House, for its part, denied that the president or the vice-president had been kept informed.
Likewise, the new director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe has confined himself in a statement of four lines to denying that the executive was informed. “The New York Times and following articles about an alleged meeting (at the White House) are inaccurate”, he wrote.
These denials did not end the controversy.
That President Trump “Was briefed or not, his administration knew”, noted the head of Democrats in Congress Nancy Pelosi on ABC News.
If the republican billionaire does not lie, this implies that his administration has chosen not to inform him and this shows that she “Is careful not to mention Russia” with him, said Nancy Pelosi.
For her, “President wants to ignore all allegations against Russia”. he “Lick the boots” by Vladimir Putin “In any way possible”, she said again, reproaching him for being interested today more in his image than in digging the bottom of the case.
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton, in open conflict with Donald Trump to whom he has just dedicated a book on vitriol, echoed it in an interview with CNN.
“The fact that the president feels compelled to tweet about these articles shows that his priority is not the security of our forces but not to appear indifferent”said the Republican hawk who left the White House in September.
For John Bolton, the president seeks to clear himself: ” He says “nobody kept me posted, so you can’t blame me” “.
The subject is indeed sensitive for Donald Trump who, less than five months from the presidential election, likes to denounce the ” weakness “ supposedly of his rival Democrat Joe Biden, the former vice-president of Barack Obama.
“No one has been stronger against Russia than the Trump administration”, he tweeted again Sunday morning. “With Joe Biden the corrupt and Obama, Russia had all the playing field”, he continued.
In addition, the United States government is engaged in delicate talks with the Taliban insurgents.
On February 29, they signed an agreement in Doha with Washington, in which they pledged to stop attacking foreign troops in exchange for their gradual withdrawal from Afghanistan before the spring of 2021.
Since then, they no longer attack foreign soldiers but continue their operations against the Afghan forces, which Washington continues to help.