There is no longer any denying that Russia is no friend of the United States. There is simply far too much evidence of their diplomatic debauchery to be ignored at this point.
First, there were the attempts by the Kremlin to influence the outcome of the 2016 election using an army of new school digital soldiers and good old-fashioned hackers. This coordinated effort to affect the will of the American people is also likely to occur again in 2020, according to experts.
Now our nation is learning of a far more sinister plot by Vladimir Putin and his comrades, in which The Kremlin was allegedly paying Taliban fighters in Afghanistan a bounty for every American or allied soldier that they kill.
The news drew widespread condemnation from much of the world, leading President Trump to state that he had not been aware of that situation.
Donald Trump claimed on Sunday that no one had told him about a Russian plot to offer bounties to Taliban militants in exchange for fatal attacks on coalition troops in Afghanistan, though US security officials have been weighing a response to the plot since at least March.
Top administration officials, including members of Trump’s national security council, have been discussing the Russian bounty offer for months, the New York Times first reported.
But in a tweet Sunday morning, Trump claimed never to have heard about the Russian offer – and he questioned whether such an offer had been made.
“Nobody briefed or told me, [vice president Mike] Pence, or chief of staff Mark Meadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians,” Trump tweeted in part. “Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us …”
Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has issued a fierce rebuke of President Trump’s reaction to the news, imploring that the Commander in Chief issue sanctions and condemn these actions by the Russian government.
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