President Donald Trump admitted he did not mention U.S. intelligence data showing that Russia had paid the Taliban for the assassination of American troops during a conversation with Vladimir Putin last week. In fact, Trump says he “never” raised the issue with the Russian president, apparently because he doesn’t believe in the CIA.
New York time reported in June that U.S. intelligence officials had concluded a few months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit had paid for every U.S. or Allied soldier killed. There is some disagreement in the intelligence community, with the National Security Agency reportedly disagreeing with the CIA̵7;s findings.
Since he had Putin on the phone, you can expect the U.S. president to ask at least about intelligence showing that Russia has led Taliban fighters to kill American troops. In an interview with Axios HBO, Trump said he did not hesitate.
Asked why he discussed the issue with Putin last week, Trump replied: “It was a phone call to discuss other things. Frankly, this is a problem that many people say was fake news. “
Last month Times after the report, confusion arose as to whether Trump had in fact been informed of the destructive intelligence. The White House demanded that Trump was never briefly introduced, but it was later announced that he was included in the February. The president’s agenda and perhaps he just couldn’t read it.
Asked if that was the case, Trump told Axios that he was really reading the PDB, noting that “they like to say I don’t read, I read a lot,” and continued, “I understand extremely well. Probably better than anyone you interviewed for a long time. “
Brief reiterated that intelligence ‘never reached’ [his] table. “
He also said he had not been given any evidence that Russia was arming the Taliban, despite the former U.S. Chief of Staff in Afghanistan making it clear that Russia was carrying weapons from Tajikistan to the Taliban.
Even if that was true, Trump said, “Well, we were supplying weapons when they were also fighting Russia. The Taliban, in Afghanistan … I’m just saying, that’s what we did. “
The president further undermined Putin’s willingness to intervene in Afghanistan. “Russia used to be called the Soviet Union. Because of Afghanistan, they went bankrupt and became Russia, “he said. “The last thing Russia wants to do is get too involved in Afghanistan. They tried that time, and it didn’t work. “