President Donald Trump took to his Twitter account to insist stories that he ignored intelligence briefings a couple of Russian navy company placing a bounty on the heads of American troops are “pretend information.”
The president quoted a statement from the Division of Protection (DOD) launched late Monday that it had not but validated the reported intelligence and “DOD has no corroborating proof to validate the current allegations present in open-source stories.”
“Do folks nonetheless not perceive that that is all a made up Pretend Information Media Hoax began to slander me & the Republican Occasion,” he wrote. “I used to be by no means briefed as a result of any data that they could have had didn’t rise to that stage.”
“No corroborating proof to again stories.” Division of Protection. Do folks nonetheless not perceive that that is all a made up Pretend Information Media Hoax began to slander me & the Republican Occasion. I used to be by no means briefed as a result of any data that they could have had didn’t rise to that stage
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020
The president’s tweet mirrors one he wrote earlier this week through which he claimed he was not briefed on the main points of the intelligence. He accused The New York Occasions of constructing up the story.
Intel simply reported to me that they didn’t discover this data credible, and subsequently didn’t report it to me or @VP. Probably one other fabricated Russia Hoax, possibly by the Pretend Information @nytimesbooks, eager to make Republicans look unhealthy!!! https://t.co/cowOmP7T1S
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2020
White Home Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the “veracity” of the stories “proceed to be evaluated,” even after the president insisted that “intel simply reported to me they didn’t discover this data credible, and subsequently didn’t report it to me.”
“There isn’t any consensus inside the intelligence group on these allegations and in impact, there are dissenting opinions from some within the intelligence group almost about the veracity of what’s being reported, and the veracity of the underlying allegations proceed to be evaluated,” she mentioned.
A number of sources inside the intelligence group, together with David Priess, a former CIA officer who authored The President’s Guide of Secrets and techniques: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents, have disputed that assertion.
“That is precisely the form of factor that the President’s Day by day Temporary was created for, to guarantee that the President had probably the most up-to-date evaluation and evaluation of what’s virtually at all times unsure intelligence. You don’t put issues within the President’s Day by day Temporary solely when they’re fully corroborated and verified,” Priess told CNN.