AP sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in early 2019

AP sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in early 2019

Associated Press, citing unnamed officials, alleged that the White House was aware in early 2019 of intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of US soldiers, and that Trump was briefed about it ’at least once’. The officials also said that Bolton, the then NSA, had also told a colleague that he briefed Trump about the intelligence in March 2019.

Kathy
Kathy
FishyMacaroon6
FishyMacaroon6 2 days

So say this is the case. What's the right call here? If Trump knows about this, and makes it public, people will call for war, which is a bad idea. Russia will deny it, because of course they will, and like become aggressive because of the accusations. So what happens, a couple sanctions? Nuclear war? There was no right answer. I can't say I like sweeping it under the rug, because transparency is important, but in this case it was certainly less likely to cause an international incident.

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