Benedict Arnold or Andrew Johnson?
“Donald Trump has said intelligence about a Russian plot to offer bounties to Taliban militants in exchange for fatal attacks on coalition troops in Afghanistan was not ‘credible’ and was therefore not reported to him. Trump gave the explanation in a tweet on Sunday night, and dismissed the widely reported allegations as ‘possibly another fabricated Russia hoax.’
“Trump has come under pressure to explain why he had not heard about the Russia offer even though US security officials have been weighing a response to the plot since at least March. Top administration officials, including members of Trump’s national security council, have been discussing the Russian bounty offer for months, the New York Times first reported.
“Earlier on Sunday, Trump claimed never to have heard about the Russian offer – and he questioned whether such an offer had been made. ‘Nobody briefed or told me, [vice president Mike] Pence, or chief of staff Mark Meadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians,’ Trump tweeted in part. ‘Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us …’” (The Guardian).