(RightWing.org) – On June 28, President Trump defended himself after days of media attacks. Several reports actually accused him of not protecting US troops from alleged Russian bounties. The commander-in-chief said he was never briefed. The Pentagon is backing up his comments.
On Sunday, Trump set the record straight about the allegations being lobbed at him.
Nobody briefed or told me, @VP Pence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an “anonymous source” by the Fake News @nytimes. Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2020
A day before, on June 27, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), John Ratcliffe, released a statement telling the press the president was never briefed about the issue. He said intelligence officials were still investigating the reports.
Statement by DNI Ratcliffe: "I have confirmed that neither the President nor the Vice President were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting yesterday." (1/2)
— Office of the DNI (@ODNIgov) June 28, 2020
Pentagon Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman also said the Department of Defense has not confirmed the alleged bounties being placed on troops by the Russian government. According to Hoffman, there is no “corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations.”
Basically, the press was so eager to slam the president, they didn’t bother to confirm with the DNI or the Pentagon. Instead, Trump had to waste his valuable time fending off these needless attacks.
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