Why Would Trump Help Putin If He Knew Russia Was Plotting To Murder U.S. Troops?
In March, President Trump was informed that Russia was attempting to murder U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In May, the president tried to help Russia gain entry into the G7, a group of countries known for their large economies.Why would the president help an enemy nation trying to murder U.S. troops?
1.WH Has Yet To Respond After Learning Of Russian Bounties For Killing US Troops ( June 26, 2020)
According to The New York Times, American intelligence officials “have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter.”
- The US concluded months ago that the Russian unit had “covertly offered rewards for successful attacks last year,” The Times reported. “Twenty Americans were killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2019, but it was not clear which killings were under suspicion.”
- According to The Times’ sources, “the intelligence assessment is said to be based at least in part on interrogations of captured Afghan militants and criminals.”
- The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and in March, the White House’s National Security Council officials “developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and a demand that it stop, along with an escalating series of sanctions and other possible responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step, the officials said.”
- These officials familiar with the intelligence did not explain the reason for the administration’s delay in responding.
- “The revelations came into focus inside the Trump administration at a delicate and distracted time,” with the nationwide outbreak of COVID-19 and Trump’s re-election campaign.
- The disclosure of intelligence “comes at a time when Mr. Trump has said he would invite Mr. Putin to an expanded meeting of the Group of 7 nations, but tensions between American and Russian militaries are running high,” the report continued.
“In several recent episodes, in international territory and airspace from off the coast of Alaska to the Black and Mediterranean Seas, combat planes from each country have scrambled to intercept military aircraft from the other,” The Times wrote.
2.The Trump White House has known about the Russian plot since March, yet there has been no official U.S. response. Since he received this news, the president has been trying to help Russia gain entry into the G7, a group of countries known for their large economies. Why would Trump help a nation trying to murder U.S. troops?The New York Times (May 30, 2020)
President Trump said on Saturday that he planned to postpone the annual Group of 7 summit of world leaders until September and that he wanted to invite Russia to rejoin as part of an alliance to discuss the future of China.
Mr. Trump told reporters traveling with him aboard Air Force One on his way back from Florida, where he attended the launch of the SpaceX rocket, that he also planned to invite South Korea, Australia and India to the meeting to discuss China’s future.
“I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world,” Mr. Trump said, according to a pool report of his remarks. “It’s a very outdated group of countries.”
The United States currently holds the presidency of the Group of 7 industrialized nations, which also includes Germany, Japan, France, Britain, Canada and Italy.