Really? There tactic is to pretend they never received the information?
That is going to blow up in their faces in 3..2..1..
Courtesy of NDTV:
The White House denied Saturday that President Donald Trump had been briefed on intelligence that reportedly showed Russia had offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants if they killed US soldiers in Afghanistan.
The rewards purportedly gave incentives to the guerrillas to target US forces, just as Trump tries to withdraw troops — meeting one of the militants’ key demands — and end America’s longest war.
It was first reported by The New York Times on Friday. The newspaper, citing anonymous officials, said that Trump was briefed on the findings in March, but has not decided how to respond.
Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said “neither the President nor the Vice President were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence.”
But she added: “This does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence but to the inaccuracy of The New York Times story erroneously suggesting that President Trump was briefed on this matter.”
That left open the possibility such intelligence does exist.
So to be clear, we are being told that this incredibly most explosive story about the Russian government targeting US troops was NOT shared with the president nor the vice president?
That does not pass the smell test.
Courtesy of NYT:
But as criticism of the administration’s inaction swelled on Friday and Saturday, the White House claimed that Mr. Trump had never been told about the intelligence assessment.
“While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the C.I.A. director, national security adviser and the chief of staff can all confirm that neither the president nor the vice president were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence,” the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said in a statement Saturday afternoon, about 25 hours after the article was posted on The Times’s website.
About six hours later on Saturday night, the director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, issued a statement echoing the White House’s assertion that Mr. Trump had not been briefed on the intelligence finding.
But one American official had told The Times that the intelligence finding that the Russians had offered and paid bounties to Afghan militants and criminals had been briefed at the highest levels of the White House.
Another said it was included in the President’s Daily Brief, a written document which draws from spywork to make analytic predictions about longstanding adversaries, unfolding plots and emerging crises around the world. The briefing document is given to the president to read and they serve as the basis for oral briefings to him several times a week.
American officials reached on Saturday said it strained credulity to think that White House national-security officials would be discussing such an important matter for months and even brief British officials about it and never provide the information to Mr. Trump.
Essentially there is NO WAY that Trump did not know about this intelligence, but denying that he knew seems to be the tactic he has embraced.
…Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration. With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a field day, taking over important parts of Ukraine – Where’s Hunter? Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax. Who is their “source”?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2020
You will also notice that Trump is questioning whether or not this story is even accurate, despite it now being confirmed by a number of news outlets, which just so happens to have also been the response from the Kremlin.
So do you, or do you not, think that Trump was informed. Because to be honest, either way, does not look good for a so-called commander-in-chief.