President Donald Trump has admitted that he did not mention US intelligence, which shows that Russia paid the Taliban for killing American troops during a conversation with Vladimir Putin last week. In fact, Trump says he “never” raised the issue with the Russian president, probably because he doesn’t trust the CIA.
The New York Times Back in June, it was reported that US intelligence had “months ago” concluded that Russian military intelligence was paying for every American soldier or ally killed. There is some disagreement in the intelligence community ̵1; the National Security Agency reportedly disagreed with the CIA’s findings.
But since he had Putin on the phone, you can expect the US president to at least ask about intelligence, which shows that Russia encouraged Taliban militants to kill US troops. In an interview with Axios on HBO, Trump said he was not worried.
Asked why he had been working on the issue with Putin for the past week, Trump said: “It was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankly, it’s a question that a lot of people said was fake news.”
Last month Hours the report was accompanied by a flurry of confusion as to whether Trump actually reported the damn intelligence. The White House insisted that Trump was never informed, but it was later reported that he was included in the president’s daily briefing in February, and he may simply have been unable to read it.
Asked if that was the case, Trump told Axios that he reads PTB, noting that “they like to say I don’t read, I read a lot,” and then said, “I understand extremely well. Probably better than everyone you’ve interviewed for a long time. “
Trump continued to say that intelligence “never came [his] bureau ».
He also said that no evidence that Russia was arming the Taliban had been provided to him, despite the fact that the former head of US forces in Afghanistan had made it clear that Russia was smuggling weapons to the Taliban from Tajikistan.
Even if that was true, Trump said, “Well, we supplied weapons when they were also fighting Russia. The Taliban, in Afghanistan … I’m just saying we did too.”
The president continued to downplay Putin’s desire to intervene in Afghanistan. “Russia was a thing called the Soviet Union. Because of Afghanistan, they went bankrupt, they became Russia, “he said. “The last thing Russia wants to do is get too involved in Afghanistan, they tried it once and it didn’t work out.”