When the bombshells start dropping, that’s Donald Trump’s cue to go golfing and play on Twitter. Which is exactly what he did Saturday, ignoring the fact that three major media outlets had revealed that Vladimir Putin was paying Afghan militias money to kill American soldiers and Trump knew about it in March and did nothing. While Trump was out playing, Kayleigh McEnany was busy doing damage control. Here’s what she sent to the Washington Examiner:
The White House denied President Trump had been briefed on U.S. intelligence that reportedly determined Russia offered secret bounties to kill U.S. troops.
Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, issued a statement soon after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden castigated Trump for allegedly taking no retaliatory action.
“The United States receives thousands of intelligence reports a day, and they are subject to strict scrutiny. While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the CIA director, national security adviser, and the chief of staff can all confirm that neither the president nor the vice president were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence,” she said on Saturday.
Oh, man. This is a lose-lose proposition. There are only two possibilities, 1. McEnany is lying, and we expected that, and Gina Haspel, Robert O’Brien and Mark Meadows are lying with her, (Haspel has a lot to lose, so I find it surprising she would go along) or 2. God forbid she’s telling the truth and the White House is so out of control that information of that magnitude didn’t even get through to Trump or Pence. I feel paralyzed trying to figure out which one of these scenarios is actually worse.
According to multiple sources in NYT, WAPO AND the WSJ, trump was informed in March, trump was “given a MENU of possible responses” — trump has thus far opted out of any of those responses.
— ᎠᏌNᎬᎷYᎢᎻᎪNᏩ™️ (@Kris_Sacrebleu) June 27, 2020
I stated the obvious above and now reporters on Twitter are saying it.
This raises the obvious and very serious question: The US had intelligence that Russia was paying militants to kill US & allied troops, and officials decided NOT to tell the president or VP about it?
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) June 27, 2020
CIA: "OMIGOD! Putin is paying bounties to the Taliban to kill US soldiers! We have to tell the president."
White House: "Sorry, he's watching TV, tweeting and preparing to golf."
CIA: "Oh. I guess we won't tell him about one of the most stunning pieces of intel of all time."
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) June 27, 2020
Let’s pretend for a moment this lie is true, that just found out about it today. Does he then call an emergent meeting with the Joint Chiefs, Secretary of Defense, Pompao, CIA, NSA? Nope. He goes golfing. 🙄
— BevMarie (@evenbev) June 27, 2020
So the Commander in Chief of your nation, and his number two, were not informed about this? I can smell the BS from over the pond in the UK
— Clive Peedell (@cpeedell) June 27, 2020
I’m with the guy in the UK. In the meanwhile, you won’t be shocked to learn that the Kremlin is claiming that it’s “not aware of the accusations.” Maybe not. They’re aware of what happened with the bounties, but they’re not aware that they’re being accused of it. Well, that changes everything, right?
McEnany stressed that the White House did not dispute the “alleged intelligence,” but rather took issue with “the inaccuracy of the New York Times story erroneously suggesting that President Trump was briefed on this matter.” […]
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin had not been made aware of the accusations. “If someone makes them, we’ll respond,” he said.
Here’s where it stands: Trump is siding with Putin, and he’s blaming the “failing” “fake news” New York Times. And the “Amazon” Washington Post and he doesn’t have a slur for the Wall Street Journal, because they’re on his side, usually, at least their editorial board is. But their news division does it’s job whether Trump likes it or not. They broke the Michael Cohen, FBI raid story, after all, and now this.
So all of the main organs of the American press have it wrong, and you need to ignore them and listen to Kayleigh McEnany. Because she’ll tell you the truth, and she’s a far more credible source than NYT, WaPo and WSJ, put together, we are to believe.
— cassandracarolina (@cassandra17lina) June 27, 2020
“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” — George Orwell, 1984
I know that quote is repetitive, but look at who and what we are dealing with, and where we are. Unless you’re 100 years old, you don’t remember national unemployment being as high as it is right now, and unless you’re 120 years old, you don’t remember the last pandemic of the magnitude of COVID-19. And against that backdrop, now we find out that Trump’s buddy Putin authorized a Russian intelligence unit to pay out bounties to members of Afghan militias for killing American soldiers — and the Traitor in Chief would have you believe that maybe it actually happened, but he didn’t know about it? Because the entire intelligence infrastructure of the United States is so totally dysfunctional that such a thing could happen? That is what you are asked to believe.
I would say let’s ready articles of impeachment — again — but why expect a different result from the Senate? Maybe Nancy Pelosi was right in the first place. He’s not worth impeaching, get him at the ballot box. And who knows what Vladimir Putin has done to that? To quote Sherlock Holmes, “these are dark and treacherous waters.”