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John Bolton blasts Trump for denying he was briefed on Russia offering bounties to Taliban to kill US troops
Fox News ^ | 06/29/2020 | Andrew O'Reilly

Posted on 06/29/2020 7:43:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton criticized on Sunday President Trump’s response to reports that Russian military operatives offered bounties to Afghan militants to kill U.S. troops – saying Trump’s decision-making is “not connected to reality” and bashing the president for denying that he was aware of the bounties.

The comments by Bolton, whose upcoming memoir about his time in the Trump White House has drawn the ire of the president, come as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling on action to be taken against Moscow following reports in the New York Times that a Russian spy unit paid the Taliban to attack U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Trump sent out a tweet early Sunday morning denying that he had ever been briefed about the Russian bounties and questioning the veracity of the New York Times’ reporting.

“This is the problem with the president's decision-making,” Bolton said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It's not connected to reality, it’s connected to his personal position.”

Bolton added that if Trump had actually not been informed about the alleged bounties on U.S. troops, then he should have had the director of national intelligence report to him on the matter. Former Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, was recently confirmed as Trump’s new DNI and said over the weekend that he never briefed the president on the issue.

“If the president hadn't heard, presumably, he should have called up the DNI, and asked,” Bolton said. “That in and of itself is disturbing.”

The New York Times first reported that American intelligence officials have determined a Russian military unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces, including targeting American troops. The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post also reported on the Kremlin's effort to orchestrate attacks on Western troops.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: briefings; johnbolton; russia; taliban
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1 posted on 06/29/2020 7:43:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Check Bolton’s bank account for a recent large deposit.
ALWAYS follow the money trail.


2 posted on 06/29/2020 7:46:26 AM PDT by lgjhn23 (Libs are a virus.....the DemoVirus!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Bolton added that if Trump had actually not been informed about the alleged bounties on U.S. troops, then he should have had the director of national intelligence report to him on the matter. Former Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, was recently confirmed as Trump’s new DNI and said over the weekend that he never briefed the president on the issue.

“If the president hadn't heard, presumably, he should have called up the DNI, and asked,” Bolton said. “That in and of itself is disturbing.”

That is nonsensical. If Trump doesn't know about it, then how the hell would he know to call the DNA and ask about it??

3 posted on 06/29/2020 7:47:22 AM PDT by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

Bolton is deeply troubled.


4 posted on 06/29/2020 7:48:05 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind
Denying a briefing on intelligence that didn't exist about a program that didn't exist for a supposed partnership which would make absolutely no sense (Taliban would be very happy to kill any top level Russians who tried to make contact, much less undercut the gravy train that's coming from Washington by taking pitifully small contracts...)

But hey, John Bolton's there to carefully never back up the intelligence, simply undercut the president. And it's gleefully printed because it fits the narrative that Orange Man Bad.

It's getting hard to tell if Mitt Romney's lips are moving when Bolton speaks too.

5 posted on 06/29/2020 7:49:21 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Bolton is a grandstanding drama queen that everyone who ever worked with him hated. He keeps opening his pie hole about things he has no knowledge of because he's trying to sell our national security for a quick buck.

I used to think he was a committed hawk, yes, but smart and always had the interests of the nation at heart though misguidedly so on matters of war and peace. I don't believe that anymore.

6 posted on 06/29/2020 7:49:35 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Often wrong, but never in doubt!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Wow. Just because The New York Slimes and Washington Compost "reported" on something, that means it's true?

Yo, Faux News, are you familiar with the term , "fake news".

7 posted on 06/29/2020 7:49:55 AM PDT by Texas Eagle
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To: SeekAndFind
“If the president hadn't heard, presumably, he should have called up the DNI, and asked,” Bolton said. “That in and of itself is disturbing.”

The President's public reaction is to the external politics/optics of the issue rather than to the internal machinations of the intelligence bureaucracy. Bolton is a creature of the state and only views the world through that lens.

8 posted on 06/29/2020 7:50:02 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: SeekAndFind

Hasn’t it been revealed that every possible source of this NYT article has denied the information and called it fake news? - even Russia?


9 posted on 06/29/2020 7:50:15 AM PDT by elpadre
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To: SeekAndFind

Even the Taliban have denied this story. You need to quit pimping Bolton. This is sad.


10 posted on 06/29/2020 7:50:19 AM PDT by TexasGurl24
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

After it was revealed in the NYT.


11 posted on 06/29/2020 7:51:03 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, because, secretly, President Trump hates America and American troops. Goodness gracious.


12 posted on 06/29/2020 7:51:50 AM PDT by Texas Eagle
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To: SeekAndFind

Your book is a flop, John. Go away, everybody hates you.


13 posted on 06/29/2020 7:51:59 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: kingu

Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany said the White House is going to brief Congress on the issue. The New York Times bounty article obviously has some basis, even if it is not verifiable or creditable.


14 posted on 06/29/2020 7:54:40 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Texas Eagle

They are pulling out everything under the kitchen sink to torpedo a Trump re-election. Bolton is their little puppet along with others.


15 posted on 06/29/2020 7:55:07 AM PDT by hsmomx3
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To: SeekAndFind

Bolton has now been reduced to ankle biter.


16 posted on 06/29/2020 7:55:20 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (There's a stairway to heaven, but there's also a highway to hell.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Most of our enemies have done this over the years.
The North Vietnamese put a bounty on our SpecOps members.
It’s just what governments do.
I wound not be surprised to learn that our government has list of people they would pay a bounty for.


17 posted on 06/29/2020 7:56:42 AM PDT by BuffaloJack ("Security does not exist in nature. Everything has risk." Henry Savage)
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To: Paladin2

Bolton knows he has a safe landing spot in corporate conservative media when this is over. He’ll be back on Fox after the election. Maybe sooner. Guaranteed.


18 posted on 06/29/2020 7:57:06 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: TexasGurl24

When the Taliban has more credibility than you do, you’re in trouble


19 posted on 06/29/2020 8:00:27 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t we offer a bounty on individuals identified by a deck of cards?


20 posted on 06/29/2020 8:01:42 AM PDT by ryderann
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