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Wed Jul 1, 2020, 11:02 AM

Russian bounties further strain Trump's bond with veterans [View all]

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) ó They didn't like it when then-candidate Donald Trump criticized John McCain for being captured in combat. They were angrier when Trump, as commander in chief, abandoned Kurdish allies in the Middle East. And they were upset again last month when he threatened to deploy troops against American protesters.

Trump's relationship with the nation's military community has been frequently strained. But just four months before the November election, reports that he either ignored, or was unaware of, a Russian plot to kill U.S. troops could intensify the tension and create new political risks.

ďI donít think he cares about troops at all,Ē said Shawn LeMond, a Navy veteran who served his country in the Middle East and then his state of North Carolina as a Republican legislator. ďIf he didnít know about Russia, itís because he didnít do his damn homework. And thatís despicable.Ē

After sitting out the 2016 election, LeMond has withdrawn from the Republican Party and plans to vote for Trump's Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, this fall.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/russian-bounties-further-strain-trumps-bond-with-veterans/ar-BB16bgUU?li=BBnb7Kz

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