Ryan Goodman, in Just Security, (July 8, 2020), wrote: “The heart of the criticism of President Trump’s handling of Russian bounty intelligence reports has been his lack of action toward Moscow to safeguard American troops threatened by Russia’s aggression.”
This is not the first time Mr. Trump’s actions have called into question his safeguarding of American interest. In February 2017, General John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, testified before the Senate Armed Service Committee that Russia was providing weapons and provisions to the Taliban. Instead of confronting Russia, Mr. Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and passes highly classified information to the Russians.
In September 2017, Defense Secretary General James Mattis in a joint press conference with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, (U.S. Department of Defense Transcripts Sept. 28, 2017), raises the Russian arms issue.
The issue of Russia arming the Afghanistan is again raised in March 2018 by General Nicholson, (interview with BBC reporter Justin Rowlatt, March 23, 2018). Yet, on July 16, 2018, in Helsinki, Mr. Trump sides with Russia over the U.S. intelligence community.
Mr. Trump has abandoned our Kurdish allies and turned Syria over to the Russian.
Now, Mr. Trump is unilaterally withdrawing troops from Germany in another gift to Russia.
Mr. Trump has insulted Gold Star Families, attacked John McCain’s bravery, and taken money authorized for the military to build his wall.
The bounty on coalition forces by Russia is just the last assault on America that President Trump has failed to address, shameful.