VT: We have slamdunk confirmations on the story and strong indications that Trump agreed to allow Russia to do this to aid Putin with angry generals.
It all began when Trump went crazy and had the US attack Russia as a favor to Ivanka…if only we were making this up…
Guardian: Donald Trump’s response to Russia’s attempts to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan is a dereliction of duty, and yet another sad reminder that the actions of the US president cost American lives.
Remember that time when America armed and paid Afghanis to kill Soviet troops….yep i do and they made a movie with Tom Hanks called Charlie Wilsons war about it @mlcosta3 but i guess you dont care cause we're the "good guys".— LiveMarketChat (@LiveMarketChat) June 30, 2020
NEW: US officials intercepted large financial transfers from a bank account controlled by Russia’s military intel agency to a Taliban-linked account, which is among the evidence that bolstered the conclusion that Russia offered bounties for killing troops.https://t.co/zq0nSIAsD4— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) June 30, 2020
The Russia Bounty story is just another made up by Fake News tale that is told only to damage me and the Republican Party. The secret source probably does not even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited @nytimes has a source, reveal it. Just another HOAX!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020
Numerous reports detail how the Trump administration – and the president himself – were aware as early as 2019 that Russia had been offering bounties to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan to kill US soldiers. The United States reportedly has evidence of money transfers from a bank account controlled by Russian military intelligence to a Taliban-linked account and has identified a possible middleman who helped distribute the cash to the Taliban. These bounties have been linked to the deaths of American soldiers.
.@realDonaldTrump ordered Qasem Soleimani killed for attacks on #US troops in Iraq. What is he going to do to Russia for paying bounties to the Taliban for killing US troops in #Afghanistan? Drone Russian Generals? #russia #iran #Soleimani— Amir Handjani (@ahandjani) July 1, 2020
Despite the fact that this information was known to the Trump administration for at least months, there is no indication that the president has done anything to punish Russia. The White House has not even attempted to convince the public otherwise. To the contrary, Trump has continued his obsequious behavior towards Vladimir Putin. Since the intelligence on bounties was reportedly provided to Trump in February 2020, Trump has spoken with Putin numerous times, praised Putin publicly, invited Russia to rejoin the G7 group of democracies, and announced the withdrawal of thousands of troops from Germany without consulting US allies – a giant gift to the Russian president.
In its attempts to deflect from the story, the White House has trotted out a dizzying mix of contradictory excuses – including arguing that the information was not briefed to Trump because it was uncorroborated, yet simultaneously serious enough to justify warning US allies. Trump has claimed the whole thing is a hoax. The national security adviser tried to blame one of Trump’s intelligence briefers for not highlighting it for Trump.