President Donald Trump admitted that he did not mention US intelligence, which suggests that Russia paid the Taliban for killing American soldiers during a call with Vladimir Putin last week. In fact, Trump claims that he “never” questioned the problem with the Russian president because he does not trust the CIA.
New York Times in June, they reported that US intelligence officials “months ago” concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit had paid for every American or Allied soldier killed. There is a discrepancy in the intelligence community ̵1; the National Security Agency allegedly disagreed with the CIA’s findings.
But since Putin was on the phone, you might expect the US president to at least ask for information that proves that Russia motivated Taliban militants to assassinate US troops. In an interview with Axio about HBO, Trump said he did not bother.
Asked why he had bypassed this issue with Putin last week, Trump said, “It was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankly, it’s a problem that many have said is fake news.”
Last month time the report was followed by a rush of confusion as to whether Trump was really informed of the beautiful intelligence. The White House insisted that Trump was never informed, but was later informed of his inclusion in the presidential daily briefing in February – and perhaps simply could not read it.
Asked if that was the case, Trump told Axios that he had read the PNR, noting that “they like to say I don’t read, I read a lot,” and added, “I understand that very well. Probably better than anyone you’ve talked to in a long time. “
Trump reiterated that intelligence “never reached [his] table. “
He also said that no evidence that Russia had armed the Taliban had been passed on to him, despite the fact that the former head of US forces in Afghanistan had made it clear that Russia was smuggling weapons from Tajikistan to the Taliban.
While that was true, Trump said: “We delivered weapons when they also fought against Russia. The Taliban, in Afghanistan … I’m just saying we did it too. “
The president further suppressed Putin’s desire to intervene in Afghanistan. “Russia used to be called the Soviet Union. “They went bankrupt because of Afghanistan, 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.”