Trump Hyped Rally, Attacked Media On Day His Briefing Included Russian Bounties
According to RawStory, on February 27 when President Trump was reportedly briefed on the possibility of Russian bounties for killing US troops, he continuously tweeted about unrelated topics throughout the day.
- The New York Times reported that American officials “provided a written briefing in late February to President Trump laying out their conclusion that a Russian military intelligence unit offered and paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan.”
- Two officials disclosed that the “intelligence was included months ago in Mr. Trump’s President’s Daily Brief document — a compilation of the government’s latest secrets and best insights about foreign policy and national security that is prepared for him to read. One of the officials said the item appeared in Mr. Trump’s brief in late February; the other cited Feb. 27, specifically,” The Times continued.
- RawStory provided a timeline on the president’s tweets throughout the day on February 27.
- The topics that Trump focused on included: promoting his upcoming campaign rally in North Carolina, accusing CNN of being “fake news” and criticizing its coverage of the pandemic, praising his Coronavirus Task Force, condemning New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and ending the day with threats to withhold federal funding from US cities.
The day after he was reportedly briefed on the intelligence, Trump “traveled to South Carolina, where he was holding a 2020 reelection rally despite the pandemic.”