Biden Slams Trump Over Handling of Russian Bounty Intelligence

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday criticized President Donald Trump’s handling of a reported Russian effort to pay the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan, saying his actions were a “dereliction of duty.”

The White House has said Trump did not receive a personal briefing on intelligence about the alleged Russian program. But the administration has yet to squarely address whether Trump had received a written briefing, whether he had read it and why he had not responded more aggressively if he had.

Biden, responding to questions from reporters, said lawmakers from both parties should “demand the facts” about the claims. The former vice president added that he was considering asking for a classified intelligence briefing on the matter.

“The idea that somehow he didn’t know or isn’t being briefed, it is a dereliction of duty if that is the case. … If he was briefed and nothing was done about this, that’s a dereliction of duty,” said Biden, adding that the American public should “conclude that this man isn’t fit to be president United States of America.”

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the criticism.

Biden spoke at a high school in Wilmington, Delaware, where he took questions from reporters for the first time in months after delivering a speech attacking Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“He doesn’t seem to be cognitively aware of what’s going on,” Biden said, throwing one of Trump’s criticisms of the Democrat back at him and previewing the sparring that could take place at their debates.

The Republican president trails Biden in opinion polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election amid the pandemic’s health and economic crises, and nationwide protests against police brutality.

Biden on Tuesday released an updated plan to tackle the pandemic, calling for more COVID-19 testing and hiring at least 100,000 contract tracers.

“The American people don’t make enormous sacrifices over the past four months so … you can waste all their efforts they have undertaken with your midnight rantings and tweets,” Biden said of Trump.

He predicted that the coronavirus outbreak would likely worsen with the onset of the flu season and said preparations should include more flu vaccines.

Biden said that, if elected, he would ask the federal government’s top disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, to serve another term.

He also said he expected to announce his running mate in early August.

Trump and his allies say the toll of the virus – which has killed more than 126,000 Americans, according to a Reuters tally – could have been larger without travel bans he put in place for visitors from China, and later from Europe.

They have argued that the increasing number of confirmed cases in recent weeks is largely attributable to more testing, although the rate of positive tests has also been rising.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Courtney Parella said Biden was “fearmongering and rooting against America’s success” while Trump led a public and private-sector mobilization that had slowed the spread of the virus.

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt in Wilmington and Simon Lewis in Washington; editing by Colleen Jenkins and Jonathan Oatis)

Responses

  1. Paul, You posted 4 comments and have yet to defend the cognitive performance of the current POTUS? Are you of the mindset that investigating implantation of UV light and injection of disinfectants is a mentally sound idea? That there were airports during the Revolutionary War? That we suddenly have “hundreds of governors”?
    Is it YOUR perception that having individuals that work in any other POTUS administration have publicly admitted to their belief that the man they worked for was a “moron” or “unfit for office”??? We have THAT with Trump. Does it sound logical to you to repeatedly claim “deep state” with everyone that tells you what is going on in the Trump administration? It does NOT sound logical to me.

    1. I could not help but notice that you did not defend Trump’s response. But I was interested in hearing about your concerns of a Biden presidency. Are you concerned that Biden will publicly say any of the following:
      The Revolutionary soldiers successfully defended the airports?
      Praise China for their “transparency and control” of the virus?
      Claim to believe an ex-KGB official NOT the U.S. intel agencies?
      Ask his medical experts to investigate implanting UV light and injecting disinfectants in human bodies?
      Get laughed AT during the U.N. General Assembly of world leaders?
      Claim “hundreds of governors” are praising his COVID response?
      Call COVID a “Democrat hoax”?

      We already have had THAT cognitive disfunction for 3.5 years! What state do you believe Trump is in?

      1. Did you Bidens press conference yesterday? He read the answers from a teleprompter. So the questions were picked and staged so he could answer them in complete sentences. That won’t happen in the debates!

  2. Putin’s Pussy trumpuke is a MURDERING PSYCHOPATH

    by abandoning our soldiers to their deaths without a peep

    and by abandoning 130,017 Americans to their deaths

    from the Covid-19 virus.

    His self absorbed irresponsibility and negligence

    are criminal.

    He is in constant betrayal of his oath of office

    and MUST be removed immediately !!!!