Reports of Russian military intelligence units offering bounties to Taliban militants for killing foreign soldiers in Afghanistan has sparked outrage.
“The intelligence finding was briefed to Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March.” wrote The New York Times. Despite meetings and plans, the White House has not taken any action on the matter.
Top Democrats took this chance to fiercely criticize President Trump’s overly close relationship with Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin. Also Read– Kim Jong-un suspends plans to increase military pressure on South Korea
Virginia Senator Tim Kaine said, “Trump was cozying up to Putin and inviting him to the G7 all while his administration reportedly knew Russia was trying to kill US troops in Afghanistan and derail peace talks with the Taliban.”
Michael McFaul, a former ambassador to Russia said, “I hope the American people will be as outraged as I am over Trump’s complacency. After he knew about these Putin-ordered contracts to kill US soldiers, Trump invited Putin to the G7.”
A Republican political consultant also made some points on the issue. He tweeted, “Trump knew Russia was paying bounties on the lives of American servicemen in Afghanistan. He took no action against Putin. Instead, @realDonaldTrump REWARDED Putin by trying to insert Russia back into the G-7. And, not enough, withdrawing 25,000 American troops from Germany.”