Trump: I was not told about the 'Russian awards' conspiracy because it was not credible

Trump: I was not told about the 'Russian awards' conspiracy because it was not credible
Donald Trump gave intelligence about a Russian conspiracy that the offer to award Taliban militants in exchange for deadly attacks on coalition troops in Afghanistan was not credible and therefore not reported.

The United States President gave the explanation in a tweet Sunday night and dismissed the widely reported allegations as "possibly another Russian-made hoax."

Trump has been pressured to explain why he did not listen to Russia's proposal, despite US security officials responding to the conspiracy since at least March.

Senior administration officials, including members of Trump's National Security Council, have been discussing Russian reward offers for months, the New York Times first reported.

Earlier on Sunday, Trump claimed that he had never heard of the Russian proposal, and questioned whether such an offer was made.

"No one informed me or told me, [Vice President Mike] Pence, or Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russia," Trump tweeted in part. "Everyone denies this and there have not been many attacks against us ..."

Meadows took office as chief of staff in late March after the National Security Council, which includes the president's top advisors with offices within the White House, called an inter-meeting to discuss action to take . According to the Times, intelligence report. .

Trump's presidential rival Joe Biden on Saturday accused Trump of betraying US troops in a virtual city hall when he failed to act on intelligence reports.

"Not only has he failed to approve or enforce any consequences in Russia for this heinous violation of international law, Donald Trump continues his shameful campaign of disrespect and disrespect towards Vladimir Putin," Biden said .

"Their entire presidency is a gift to Putin, but it is nothing. When we send them in danger, protecting and equipping our soldiers is a betrayal of the most sacred duty for us as a nation. "

A Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered cash to Taliban-linked militants for successful attacks on coalition forces in the fall of 2019, while the U.S.

While Trump and his allies expressed skepticism over those valuations, a later report released on Sunday by the Times revealed that US intelligence agencies were informed of the discovery of a large amount of US cash by US special forces on the Russian program was. Talibani Outpost.

The Times reported that warnings about the alleged Russian conspiracy were sent to the intelligence chain in January.

Twenty Americans died in the 2019 war in Afghanistan.

But the White House press secretary, Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and now the president himself, denied over the weekend that news of a secret plot of assassinations carried out by Russia against US troops has reached the circle of Trump's intimates .

"I have confirmed that neither the president nor the vice president was informed of any intelligence allegedly revealed by the New York Times in its report yesterday," Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe said in a statement on Saturday. "The White House statement on this issue earlier today, which refused to produce such information, was accurate."

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on ABC's This Week on Sunday that it was "completely outrageous" that Trump did not act on intelligence reports to protect the lives of Americans.

It is as bad as it gets, Pelosi said, and yet the president will not confront the Russians in this regard.

White House press secretary Kayle McNee issued a statement on Saturday, denying that Trump had been informed, but "it does not conform to the virtue of the alleged intelligence."

"Either the DNI is lying (which is a big problem) or the DNI withdrew revolutionary information from President Trump because it is so childish and irrelevant that they prefer not to know it (which is ... well ... is also a major problem) ". Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a Democrat, tweeted.

Richard Grenell, the former acting director of the National Intelligence Department, who served in the Trump administration, suggested Sunday that the report on the intelligence assessment was flawed. Grenell tweeted, "If it were true no one would be okay with it."

Both the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Taliban issued statements denying the plot.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stated, "This non-sophisticated plant clearly demonstrates the low intellectual abilities of American intelligence campaigners who invented this nonsense rather than invent something more admirable."

A Taliban spokesman said the militants "strongly rejected this allegation and are not indebted to the benefit of any foreign intelligence agency or country."

Trump has publicly underestimated Russia's US intelligence assessment in the past. In an appearance in July 2018 in Helsinki, Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump denied Putin's US findings that Russia had disrupted the 2016 presidential election.

Trump told reporters, "He said he thinks this is Russia. I have President Putin. He just said that this is not Russia." "I will say this: I see no reason why this will happen. I have great faith in the people of my intellect, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today."

A report by Special Counsel Robert Muller released in March 2019 documented extensive contacts between Russian intelligence and Trump campaign officials, but "the Trump campaign did not coordinate with the Russian government in its electoral intervention activities."

The report personally documented 10 cases of possible obstruction of justice by Trump in investigations that directly or indirectly involved his campaign relationship with Russia.

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