And in a related story, we find further proof that when Charlie Savage of gets a grip on a story, he doesn’t let go. It’s like an owl and its talons; the more the prey struggles, the tighter the talons grip it until the owl has no control over them, either.
American officials provided a written briefing in late February to President Trump laying out their conclusion that a Russian military intelligence unit offered and paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, two officials familiar with the matter said...The new information emerged as the White House tried on Monday to play down the intelligence assessment that Russia sought to encourage and reward killings — including reiterating a claim that Mr. Trump was never briefed about the matter and portraying the conclusion as disputed and dubious.
The White House manure factory is no match for the momentum this story is building.
But in denying that Mr. Trump was briefed, administration officials have been coy about how it is defining that concept and whether it includes both oral briefings and the President’s Daily Brief. “He was not personally briefed on the matter,” Ms. McEnany told reporters when asked specifically about the written briefing. “That is all I can share with you today.” Mr. Trump is said to often neglect reading that document, preferring instead to receive an oral briefing summarizing highlights every few days. Even in those face-to-face meetings, he is on national security matters. He often relies instead on conservative media and friends for information, current and former intelligence officials have said.
And as further proof a) that the president* is grossly incompetent, or worse, and b) that the scramble for the lifeboats is getting pretty uncontrollable, adds a little to the story. They knew about this a year ago.
Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence. The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump’s written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials. Then-national security adviser John Bolton also told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019.
im电竞官网-The idea of four more years of this is utterly terrifying. Worse is the rising feeling that, if he knows he’s going to lose, and that all hidden things will be made manifest, he’ll pull the temple down on his own head. It is time to force a confrontation, and a resignation. It won’t happen, but let history record that it should have.
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