Duckworth Attacks Trump Over Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops

Duckworth Attacks Trump Over Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops

August 22, 2020

Thursday at the Democratic National Convention, Sen. Tammy Duckworth attacked President Trump for not confronting Russian over now-debunked reports that it put bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

“That’s the kind of leader our service members deserve: one who understands the risks they face and who would actually protect them by doing his job as commander-in-chief,” said demagogue Duckworth. “Instead, they have a coward-in-chief who won’t stand up to Vladimir Putin, read his daily intelligence briefings, or even publicly admonish adversaries for reportedly putting bounties on our troops’ heads.”

The Department of Defense had released a statement assuring that “we always take the safety and security of our forces in Afghanistan — and around the world — most seriously and therefore continuously adopt measures to prevent harm from potential threats.”

The White House explained that Trump was never briefed on the rumors of Russia “engaged in malign activity against United States and coalition forces in Afghanistan” because they were uncorroborated. Trump said that had the intelligence been confirmed, “We would hit them so hard, your head would spin.”

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