The Russian Bounty scandal is one of the biggest of Donald Trump’s presidency. Despite reports that Russia offered payments to Afghani soldiers who killed Americans, Trump has persisted in promoting Vladimir Putin. The President recently urged the G-7 nations to invite the Putin back into the fold.
Conservative pundits have been moving the goal posts on Trump’s actions. First, they claimed that he was never briefed on the matter. Reports have now arisen that Trump was presented with the information in written form back in March. This morning, Fox’s Ainsley Earhardt was again ready to absolve the president. Her excuse, “not all Presidents read their briefs.”
The Fox and Friends host began by saying, “This is not anything new. The point here is: if it is not verified by our 16 intelligence agencies, that’s their job, that’s what they do it doesn’t get to the President’s desk.”
She continued, “The president has to make decisions based on intel that’s in front of him, and if he is not briefed on it then he doesn’t know about it. If he is briefed on it, then he can act on it. So that’s the danger here. If it’s not true and then the president acts, then that causes a lot of trouble. We want to be safe here.”
Co-host Steve Doocy cut in, “According to the New York Times, it was in his presidential daily briefing on February 27th.”
Earhardt responded, “All president’s don’t read all of their briefings.”
Watch a clip of the segment below:
Ainsley Earhardt says if Trump wasn't briefed on the Russian bounties then he didn't know about them, but if he was briefed then he could act. After Steve Doocy says it was in a daily briefing, Ainsley replies "he doesn't — all president's don't read all of their briefings." pic.twitter.com/BQNUr1ZuWw
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