Since Trump’s first day in the White House, the scandals and alarming reports have so flooded the news cycles that it’s easy to let stories that would have derailed any other presidency slip through the cracks. America may have even forgotten that Trump made illegal hush money campaign payments to an adult film star through his lawyer and “fixer,” that his sister was forced to retire as a longtime federal judge to avoid an investigation into the tax fraud she and her brother committed with their inheritance money, and that Trump became only the third president in history to be impeached, the first for extorting a foreign country.
The Russian bounty story, however, is not going away. That’s because organizations like VoteVets and The Lincoln Project are determined to remind voters every day between now and November 3, 2020.
It’s been two weeks and Trump has done NOTHING about Russia’s bounties on our troops.
He’s a coward who cares more about pleasing his Russian master than keeping our troops alive.
— VoteVets (@votevets) July 10, 2020
In the latest ad for VoteVets.org, an political action committee run by an organization of retired military veterans, Americans are reminded that the president received intelligence in a written daily briefing that the Russian government was offering the Taliban bounties on the heads of U.S. soldiers. Not only did Trump fail to act on that intelligence, he went forward with plans to request that Russia be added back into the G8 and continued to side with Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence community.
For his part, Trump says he was never briefed because the intelligence was not “verified,” but the record shows that the information was included in his written daily briefings (Trump just didn’t read them or chose to ignore them) and that intelligence is never really “verified,” but is reported to the president regardless when a threat to American lives exist. Like COVID-19, Trump simply chose to ignore that which might make him look bad and compromise his chances at winning reelection, American lives be damned.
Twitter was appreciative of VoteVets.org’s efforts and let their support be known. Read some of their comments below:
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