Former White House National Security Advisor John BoltonJohn BoltonSunday shows preview: As coronavirus cases rise, lawmakers and health officials weigh on Grassley hitting Trump, Fox News on City Hall responds to bipartisan strategy to counter China’s defiance of international order MORE said Sunday that a tweet from 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 denying that he had been informed of the Russian rewards being imposed on US troops in Afghanistan was typical behavior of the President.
“There are a lot of things we don’t know, so we need to be cautious, but from what we know from the president’s own tweets this morning, to me it seems like another day in the Trump White House office,” Bolton said Sunday. . on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
Similarly, Bolton said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that while he doesn’t know this specific situation, “it sounds like a story,” he could have written in his new memoirs about his time at the Trump White House.
He said Trump’s tweet denying the report is an effort to shift responsibility away from himself.
“What would motivate the president to do that? Because it looks bad if the Russians are paying to kill Americans and we are doing nothing about it, “Bolton said. “So what is the presidential reaction, that is, ‘it is not my responsibility, nobody told me about it.’ And, therefore, to avoid any complaint that he has not acted effectively.”
“This is part of the problem with President Trump’s decision-making in the national security space, it’s just not related to the reality he’s dealing with, it’s about his personal position,” Bolton added.
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If the reports are true, Bolton said the United States should “consider a series of firm measures against Russia.”
The New York Times reported on Friday that US intelligence officials concluded earlier this year that a Russian military unit was covertly trying to offer rewards to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan, including US troops.
Trump tweeted early Sunday that “no one reported or told” him or Vice President Pence or his chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall Meadows White House undergoes dramatic change in staff Republican nominee says his victory in North Carolina is not a referendum on Trump House vote MORE on the “so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by the Russians”.
“Everyone denies it and there have not been many attacks on us ….. … No one has been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration. With corruption 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 & Obama, Russia had a picnic, taking control of important parts of Ukraine – Where’s Hunter? It’s probably another fake Times job, just like her failed Russia Hoax. Who is your ‘source’? Trump tweeted.
The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Fox News have also released reports confirming the New York Times reports.