Democrats slam Trump after White House briefing on Russian bounties

Democrats slam Trump after White House briefing on Russian bounties

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House Democrats came out of a closed-door White House briefing Tuesday taking swings at President Donald Trump‘s response to reports that Russia paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to target and kill U.S. troops.

“The president called this a hoax publicly. Nothing in the briefing that we have just received led me to believe it is a hoax,” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, told reporters after leaving the briefing.

“There may be different judgments as to the level of credibility [of the reports], but there was no assertion that the information we had was a hoax,” he added.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., another attendee in the briefing, said, “I find it inexplicable in light of these very public allegations that the president hasn’t come before the country and assured the American people that he will get to the bottom of whether Russians are putting a bounty on the heads of American troops.”

The briefing for the group of less than a dozen Democrats, all of whom have prior experience in national security or intelligence issues, came a day after…



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