Lawmakers want answers from Pentagon, White House on reported Russian bounties
Jun 30 2020
"If in fact, we'll find out if he has been briefed, and if it was in his daily brief, but if it were not what does that say about the concern that those who brief the president have about not going anywhere near the Russian Federation issue with this president?" she said.
Top Democrats on Monday called on the heads of the intelligence services to brief Congress on reports that Russian Federation paid bounties to Taliban-linked militias to kill United States soldiers deployed in Afghanistan.
US President Donald Trump on Sunday denied that he had been briefed on reported US intelligence that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan, and he appeared to minimize the allegations against Moscow. "And depending on those answers, it may be appropriate for people who should have briefed the president to be removed if they did not follow their responsibilities", he said.
"This is totally outrageous", she said on ABC's "This Week".
Bounties reportedly offered by Russian intelligence officers to Taliban-linked militants to kill Western forces in Afghanistan are believed to have resulted in the deaths of several American service members, according to USA intelligence obtained from interrogations, the Washington Post reported Sunday.
And with that she ended the briefing.
US President Donald Trump is applauded as he attends a roundtable discussion with members of the faith community, law enforcement and small business in Dallas, Texas June 11, 2020.
The Times, citing anonymous officials, said that Trump was briefed on the findings in March, but has not decided how to respond.
The Post said the intelligence stemmed from U.S. military interrogations of captured militants and was passed up from U.S. Special Operations forces in Afghanistan.
White Household press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe launched statements on Saturday indicating that Trump and Pence experienced not been briefed.
Democratic presidential candidate Biden exploded Trump on Saturday because he could not protect American troops.
The Taliban has also refuted reports on Russia's alleged role in killings of American troops in Afghanistan.
It should initiate a phased withdrawal of USA troops from Afghanistan and to lead in intra-Afghan peace talks.
"We need to know whether or not President Trump was told this information, and if so, when", he said. The US intelligence is still investigating whether these bounties have led to attacks on American troops in the country.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, tweeted Monday that if the New York Times reporting is true, he would work with Trump on a "strong response" to the Russians.