The year 2020 has certainly been full of shocking stories, driving the world’s population to the point of cynical and unflinching laughter at times. We are just so inundated with awful, heart-wrenching situations that nothing can really surprise us anymore.
Now, amid a global pandemic and a rehashing of the American Civil Rights Movement, we now have reports that Russia was paying bounties to the Taliban for every American soldier that they killed. With confusion at the Pentagon as to the veracity of these reports, some have used this ambiguity to attack the President as being unresponsive to the issue.
Rep. Seth Moulton, a former Marine Corps officer, accused President Trump of “treason” on Wednesday over reports that Russia paid bounties to Afghan fighters to kill American soldiers and the White House took no action in response.
Moulton, a former platoon commander in Iraq, said if he led his Marines into an ambush because he failed to read an intelligence report he would be in prison. The Massachusetts Democrat questioned why the commander-in-chief is not held to the same standard.
And his language was stern, to say the least.
“If this is not treason then I don’t know what is,” Moulton said Wednesday on a House Democratic Caucus call with reporters.
“If I led my Marines into an ambush because I didn’t bother to read the intelligence report I was given that said we would get ambushed there, I wouldn’t be tweeting that it wasn’t my fault because I didn’t read the report, I would be in prison,” Moulton said.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has stated that these reports concerning the bounties were uncorroborated, and that President Trump is as well informed as anyone in “in the world” when it comes to the threats that American soldiers face.
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