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Sun Jun 28, 2020, 06:38 PM

Trump struggles as furor grows over reported Russian bounty offer to kill U.S. troops, LA Times:

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-06-28/trump-struggles-russian-bounty-kill-u-s-troops

WASHINGTON ó President Trump, confronted with a damaging report that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American and allied troops in Afghanistan, declared Sunday on Twitter that he was never briefed about the finding by U.S. intelligence.

Democrats including Trumpís prospective presidential rival, Joe Biden, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharply criticized Trumpís seeming indifference to the explosive report in Fridayís New York Times. Neither Trump nor other administration officials have specifically denied the report, which has since been confirmed by several other news organizations.

On Sunday, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming joined in the criticism, saying that if the information was genuine, the White House needed to explain why Trump was not told, and why the administration has done nothing in response.

The core of the story is that U.S. spy agencies concluded several months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit had offered secret bounties for attacks on coalition troops. The matter was discussed in late March by the National Security Council, and European allies including Britain were also made aware of the findings, the story said. On Sunday, the New York Times reported that the first word of the Russian plan came as early as January from military and intelligence officials in Afghanistan.

The reports hit the White House at an already troubled juncture. Multiple national polls show Biden outpacing Trump, and the president and his team have struggled to craft a coherent message amid a drumbeat of bad news: a surge in U.S. coronavirus cases that now exceed 2.5 million, the resulting economic carnage and the fallout from massive racial-justice protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Stuart G Jun 2020 OP
TreasonousBastard Jun 2020 #1
Skittles Jun 2020 #2
Stuart G Jun 2020 #3
Skittles Jun 2020 #8
padah513 Jun 2020 #4
Chemisse Jun 2020 #5
captain queeg Jun 2020 #6
dhill926 Jun 2020 #7
WVreaper Jun 2020 #9
thucythucy Jun 2020 #10

Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 28, 2020, 06:40 PM

1. He ain't struggling enough. Cry for help, sucka.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 28, 2020, 06:40 PM

2. oh course he knew

Trump, who questions the patriotism of FOOTBALL PLAYERS

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Response to Skittles (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 28, 2020, 06:43 PM

3. ...Yes, he knew & his struggle has just begun. He will always have to answer one question,

" Why didn't you do something, if you knew?"

......................... That will haunt him forever.............................

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 28, 2020, 07:17 PM

8. I think it goes beyond "not doing anything"

Trump practically humps Putin's leg when they are together

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 28, 2020, 06:44 PM

4. Crap is really starting to stack up on Trump

I think now would be a good time to look out for a Reichstag level event. I don't put it past him or Putin. Sorry, my conspiracy theory sciatica is starting to act up again.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 28, 2020, 06:46 PM

5. He needs to stay on the hot seat over this! This is a BIG deal! n/t

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 28, 2020, 06:57 PM

6. "Struggled" is an awfully nice way to put it.

Itís too bad people are forced by convention to show respect to this asshole. I donít know if I could salute or use the word ďsirĒ around him.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 28, 2020, 07:03 PM

7. been watching this story slowly percolate through the news this weekend....

if there is solid proof....I think it will explode this coming week.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 28, 2020, 07:19 PM

9. So he went to play golf.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 28, 2020, 08:03 PM

10. Trump trying to slither out of this by saying he wasn't briefed

is just flat out pathetic. It's about as piss poor a defense as I can imagine. "Don't blame me, I'm just plain ignorant."

Someone should tell him it's his JOB to know shit like this.

It reminds me of an old Arlo Guthrie song about Watergate:

"You said you didn't know that the cats with the bugs were there
and that you'd never go along with that kind of stuff nowhere.
But that just isn't the point man, that's the wrong wrong way to go
'coz if you didn't know about that one--what else don't you know?"

Most incompetent president ever.

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