Political columnist and frequent MSNBC guest David Ignatius made an appearance on “Morning Joe” to talk about the Russian bounty on U.S Troops in Afghanistan. Ignatius revealed the results of his own follow-up investigation to the New York Times report which first broke the story.
Ignatius revealed that Pentagon officials had been “pounding on the door” trying to get President Trump to take action. Speaking to Joe Scarborough, Ignatius said that he was stunned by the news of the bounty on the U.S. troops and decided to perform his own investigation, in order to, confirm the story. He said, “Based on my reporting trying to confirm the New York Times’ excellent story it’s clear in late March you had senior U.S commanders, senior civilian intelligence officials, in effect pounding on the door of the White House saying we need to do something about this, we need to come to a conclusion about what damage the Russian program is doing, we need to reassess our programs in Afghanistan and they couldn’t get an answer. To this day there’s not an answer, there’s not a real response. Was this because the president was briefed and did nothing or because he wasn’t briefed because people were afraid to give him bad news and kept it to themselves? I don’t know.”
He continued, “But it almost doesn’t matter in terms of the breakdown in terms of the way the government is supposed to work,” he continued. “In some ways, it’s almost worse the department didn’t tell him, ‘Mr. President while you’re encouraging Russia to rejoin the G8, we should mention Russia is putting bounties on the heads of American soldiers.’ If they didn’t tell him that, it’s a stunner.”
He concluded, “I think people are steamed up about it, there’s nothing that would make American commanders angry other than the idea that their soldiers had targets on their back because of the actions of somebody that the president was still speaking of as a prospective ally.” You can watch the segment.
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Travis Earle is a veteran of the United States Navy and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. He serves as a politics writer for Hill Reporter. Travis@HillReporter.com