On Friday, New York Times reported that the Russian military intelligence group offered bounties to the militants present in Afghanistan to murder US soldiers. After receiving criticism from the Democrats, Trump decided to address the allegations. He took to Twitter to give a briefing on the matter.
New York Times says that Russia offered money to Taliban militants to kill the US forces working in Afghanistan. Although 20 soldiers were famously killed in Afghanistan in 2019, it’s not clear whether or not these murders have any relation to the bounties.
Source: Daily Mail
Furthermore, the report said that Trump was briefed about the situation in March, and even though the White House had planned a response, no concrete action was taken. Hence, after this report got published, the White House issued a strategically worded statement denying that Trump was briefed on the subject. The interesting card that they planted in the statement was personal justification to protect any assumptions that might take place, suggesting incompetence on their behalf. So, the White House added that this shouldn’t “speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence.”
Trump used this situation to bring down Joe Biden once again. He said that “nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration” and that Biden even permitted Russia to take over US-occupied parts of Ukraine.
Trump then references Joe Biden’s son who held the seat on a Ukraine national gas company during Obama presidency.
Anyway, representatives of the Taliban have denied the allegations and The Russian Embassy has disregarded this report calling it “baseless and anonymous accusations” via Twitter.
So, who's the one to blame?