Do you know what could be the biggest story of the year? Of course, it’s not guaranteed but if it happens it will be huge. I can see the headlines now….”New York Times Publishes a Story…And It’s actually true.” Now that’s big news.
The latest example of the complete fallibility of the Times is a story that they published on Friday is that the intelligence community informed President Trump that Russia was offering the Taliban money to kill allied troops including Americans. The only problem is that it isn’t true.
President Trump has already denied that he had received any such briefing and now he has a report from the intelligence community that he was never briefed on the matter because there is no proof of any such agreement. Russia and the Taliban also deny the story.
And of course, if it’s a lie, you just know Quid pro-Quo Joe will repeat it:
“The truly shocking revelation that if the Times report is true, and I emphasize that again, is that President Trump, the commander in chief of American troops serving in a dangerous theater of war, has known about this for months, according to the Times, and done worse than nothing.”
Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad!!! https://t.co/cowOmP7T1S
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2020
The White House said neither Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence was briefed on such intelligence. “This does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence but to the inaccuracy of the New York Times story erroneously suggesting that President Trump was briefed on this matter,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.
The Times’ report sent a shockwave through the Capitol on Friday where politicians have been focused on the recent unrest after George Floyd’s death in police custody and what many are referring to a resurgent coronavirus outbreak.
The paper said that Trump was briefed on the intelligence and the administration’s National Security Council considered issuing a diplomatic complaint to Moscow. The report said that Russia is conducting what is referred to as a hybrid war with the U.S.—which consists of cyberattacks and military operations that can be denied.