“This is as bad as it gets, and yet the president will not confront the Russians in this regard,” said Pelosi.
According to the Times report published on Friday, the bounties were offered as part of peace talks to end the long-term war in Afghanistan. The report quotes US officials who have been informed of the secret service. They also said President Donald Trump had been made aware of this, and the White House National Security Council discussed an answer, but took no action.
Legislators on both sides of the aisle have asked for answers. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he expected the government to take the allegations seriously. Democratic Senator Bob Menendez said the Senate should vote on new sanctions against Russia.
The White House gave one on Saturday careful answerNeither Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence have been informed of the alleged secret service. “This does not speak for the merit of the supposed intelligence,” added spokesman Kayleigh McEnany.
Trump card his silence broke early Sunday morning, to repeat that he and Pence had not been informed, to question the Times’ anonymous source and to call the outlet again “fake news”. The president then rejected his democratic rivals.
“Nobody was tougher in Russia than the Trump administration. With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a big day and took over important parts of Ukraine – Where’s Hunter? Probably just another wrong Times hit, just like their failed Russia Hoax. Who is their ‘source’? “
The message also addressed Trump’s language: “Stop producing #fakenews that pose life-threatening @nytimes.”
Pelosi was incredulous on Sunday. If the President was not informed of the situation, she said, “What does that say about the concern that those who have informed the President about not coming close to the Russia issue with this President?”
The spokesman said the “list is long” regarding Trump who gives Russia a passport. She pointed out Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections and the president said he would invite Putin to an expanded meeting of the group of seven nations.
This week’s host, George Stephanopoulos, asked Pelosi directly if she thought the Russians had anything to do with Trump.
She replied, “Why shouldn’t he say, let’s look at it and see what it is [is]? Give Taliban the money, a premium for the lives of our troops in Afghanistan. How do you respond to the families of those who – family members who serve there? ”
American troops have been in Afghanistan since October 2001, one month after the September 11 terrorist attacks. The aim was to expel the Taliban and hunt down Osama bin Laden. When Russia was still part of the Soviet Union, it was also involved in a costly war from 1979 to 1989.