Former vice president Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden criticizes Trump for failing to sanction Russia for Afghan militants’ ‘rewards’ intelligence Why should Biden’s big advantage be concerned? Democrats White House undergoes dramatic change in staff MORE beaten President TrumpDonald John Trump Four men accused of trying to tear down Andrew Jackson statue in DC Video shows retired workers signs of social estrangement ahead of Trump Tulsa rally: WaPo Biden criticizes Trump for failing to sanction Russia for the intelligence of the “rewards” of Afghan militants MORE for not sanctioning Russia after the the new york times reported that he was allegedly informed of the US intelligence findings that Russian military operations reportedly offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan, including US troops, amid of peace talks.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany later denied that Trump and Vice President Pence were informed about the intelligence, but did not deny that the information was accurate.
The Russian government and Taliban officials have also denied the reports.
However the Wall street journal, The Washington Post and Fox News published reports confirming the Times reports.
Biden, the alleged Democratic presidential candidate, said during a virtual town hall on Saturday that the Times report, if true, represents a “truly shocking revelation”, emphasizes Trump’s failure to retaliate against the Russian president Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBiden criticizes Trump for failing to sanction Russia for intelligence of ‘rewards’ by Afghan militants The White House denies being informed of the rewards of Afghan militants The Russian intelligence unit offered rewards for killing coalition troops in Afghanistan: MORE report.
“Not only has he failed to sanction or impose any consequences in Russia for this heinous violation of international law, Donald Trump has continued his shameful campaign of deference and degradation to Vladimir Putin,” Biden said.
The newspaper reports resulted in a renewed push among lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to sanction Russia.
Biden said he was “outraged” by the Times report, saying that “the entire presence of Trump has been a gift to Putin.”
“This is beyond pale. It is a betrayal of the nation’s holiest duty: to protect our troops when we send them in danger, “Biden said.
“If I am elected president, make no mistake, Vladimir Putin will be confronted and we will impose serious costs on Russia.”
Tump has been criticized for being too friendly with Putin since the beginning of his presidency.
In particular, he doubted American intelligence during a 2018 press conference alongside Putin in Helsinki, Finland, where he publicly questioned US intelligence that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.