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Susan Rice on Russia bounties: Trump doing 'arch-adversary's bidding' - Business Insider

  • The former Obama administration adviser rejected the White House's assertion that President Donald Trump was never briefed on the intelligence suggesting Russia was paying bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill US troops in Afghanistan.
  • Trump was briefed on the intelligence by Bolton in March 2019, according to a recent Associated Press report, and the intel on the suspected Russian bounty plot was also reportedly included in the president's written daily briefing in late February this year.
  • Trump has suggested the intelligence is "Fake News," even though the White House last week said the president has now been "fully briefed" on the matter.
  • Along these lines, Mitchell on Sunday asked Rice why Trump did not raise the matter with Putin during six phone calls that took place after February 27, when the intelligence was reportedly included in the president's daily written briefing.

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Susan Rice on Russia bounties: Trump doing 'arch-adversary's bidding' - Business Insider

  • The former Obama administration adviser rejected the White House's assertion that President Donald Trump was never briefed on the intelligence suggesting Russia was paying bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill US troops in Afghanistan.
  • Trump was briefed on the intelligence by Bolton in March 2019, according to a recent Associated Press report, and the intel on the suspected Russian bounty plot was also reportedly included in the president's written daily briefing in late February this year.
  • Trump has suggested the intelligence is "Fake News," even though the White House last week said the president has now been "fully briefed" on the matter.
  • Along these lines, Mitchell on Sunday asked Rice why Trump did not raise the matter with Putin during six phone calls that took place after February 27, when the intelligence was reportedly included in the president's daily written briefing.

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New York Times: New US memo highlights gaps in intelligence reports on Russian bounties

  • The memo states that the CIA and the National Counterterrorism Center had evaluated with "medium confidence" that a unit of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU offered the bounties, two of the officials briefed on the memo's contents told the paper.
  • But the National Security Agency and other members of the intelligence community determined that they did not have adequate evidence to reach that level of certainty and thus held less confidence in the determination, the two officials told the paper.
  • This included reports of meetings between Russian military intelligence officers and leaders of criminal networks with ties to the Taliban, of a GRU account transferring money to the network and of captured lower-level network members confirming Russia's use of bounties to spur such killings.

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Trump's approach to the presidency: Ignore the challenges and embrace the easy

  • When he emerged to tout new jobs numbers on Thursday, Trump offered no updated plan to confront a virus that has set daily case-count records five times in the past week.
  • Almost all past presidents have said the job exists in gray areas -- where decisions aren't clear-cut, intelligence is open to debate and easy problems are solved by others, leaving only the hard ones for them to sort out -- a view Trump and his team have characterized the position as almost entirely the opposite.
  • This week, instead of developing a plan to combat Russia's attempts to pay Taliban fighters to kill American troops, Trump has discounted the intelligence, railed against those who leaked it and said little about how he might punish Moscow were the details to be confirmed.

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5 things you need to know today

  • Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. The Trump administration plans to open a new pandemic office to deal with the ongoing coronavirus threat.
  • Beijing put its new national security law into effect in Hong Kong this week, and it's already resulted in arrests and widespread unrest.
  • Amid international concern over Beijing's crackdowns on Hong Kong, the US actions against China are the latest in a long line of escalating tensions between the two countries over coronavirus responses, trade and the future of the South China Sea. Turkey has opened the trial of 20 Saudi nationals charged with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • Former White House national security adviser John Bolton, who says he has personally weathered President Trump's anger over receiving intelligence briefings about Russia.

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The real Russia hoax

  • On Monday White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said of the intelligence surrounding the Russian bounties, "there were dissenting opinions within the intelligence community, and it would not be elevated to the president until it was verified." Robert O' Brien, Trump's national security adviser, similarly tweeted that because the intelligence hadn't been "verified" the president wasn't briefed.
  • And the fact that the Russian bounty intelligence was put in the Presidential Daily Brief earlier this year means little since Trump hardly ever reads these briefings, according to the Washington Post and the New York Times, shirking his responsibilities as commander in chief to spend untold hours hate-watching cable news and tweeting about all sort of trivia and grudges instead of doing the hard work of getting informed to protect the American people and its military.

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Bolton: 'I have enough scars' from bringing up Russia-related intelligence with Trump

  • Bolton's comments follow denials from the White House that Trump was "personally briefed" on reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill US troops in Afghanistan.
  • CNN also reported Wednesday that Trump's resistance to intelligence warnings about Russia led his national security team, including those who delivered the President's Daily Brief, to brief him verbally less often on Russia-related threats to the US, according to multiple former Trump administration officials who briefed Trump, were present for briefings and who prepared documents for his intelligence briefings.
  • The intelligence reports that referenced the Russian-offered bounties for killing American soldiers were passed to top officials at the National Security Council, including Bolton, who would have ultimately decided whether or not to brief the President on the matter, a source familiar with the situation told CNN earlier this week.

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Trump's resistance led intel agencies to brief him less and less on Russia

  • Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump's resistance to intelligence warnings about Russia led his national security team, including those who delivered the President's Daily Brief to brief him verbally less often on Russia-related threats to the US, multiple former Trump administration officials who briefed Trump, were present for briefings and who prepared documents for his intelligence briefings tell CNN.
  • The President's reluctance to hear intelligence about Russia fits into his growing disinterest in his intelligence briefings in general and may explain why the White House is currently denying that he was aware of intelligence about Russia offering the Taliban bounties to kill US soldiers -- even though former intelligence officials say that it's "inconceivable" that Trump would not have been briefed on the bounties, which the New York Times first reported Friday evening.

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Trump got angry at Russia warnings, so officials avoided it: CNN - Business Insider

  • President Donald Trump was briefed less and less with warnings about Russia's behavior towards the US because he would get angry when presented with intelligence about it, a CNN report said.
  • Early in his presidency, officials learned to limit their verbal briefings on the topic and would often see their written materials ignored, according to multiple former White House officials cited in the report from CNN's Jim Scuitto.
  • The CNN report said that at the start of his presidency, Trump often flew into a rage at briefers who attempted to tell him about hostile Russian activity towards the US, including political interference.
  • O'Brien said that the claims were "ridiculous" and only backed up the White House claims that the intelligence was not reliable enough to pass on, CNN reported.

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Trump got angry at Russia warnings, so officials avoided it: CNN - Business Insider

  • President Donald Trump was briefed less and less with warnings about Russia's behavior towards the US because he would get angry when presented with intelligence about it, a CNN report said.
  • Early in his presidency, officials learned to limit their verbal briefings on the topic and would often see their written materials ignored, according to multiple former White House officials cited in the report from CNN's Jim Scuitto.
  • The CNN report said that at the start of his presidency, Trump often flew into a rage at briefers who attempted to tell him about hostile Russian activity towards the US, including political interference.
  • O'Brien said that the claims were "ridiculous" and only backed up the White House claims that the intelligence was not reliable enough to pass on, CNN reported.

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