Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States slammed President Donald Trump over a New York Times report.
He said that, if it is true, it shows a “truly shocking revelation” about the President and his failure to protect US troops in Afghanistan, said an AP news report.
The New York Times published a report on Friday about an intelligence report that Trump already had prior knowledge of.
The intelligence report says that a Russian military intelligence unit had secretly offered bounties before for killing US troops in Afghanistan.
Moreover, the attacks were happening during the time when the US and Taliban are having talks about ending the war.
“If the Times report is true,” said Biden, it is shocking that the US Commander in Chief did not do anything, despite knowing about it.
The act was a “betrayal of the most sacred duty we bear as a nation,” said Biden of Trump’s alleged inaction.
He was outraged by the report, said Biden
He added that if he’s elected, “Putin will be confronted, and we’ll impose serious costs on Russia.”
White House Denies The Allegations
The White House denied the allegations.
“This does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence,” they said. “But to the inaccuracy of the New York Times” reporting.
The Times had mistakenly reported that President Trump was “briefed” on the matter, said the White House. Both Trump and his Vice President, Mike Pence, were not notified about the intelligence, they said.
The report is “nonsense”, said Russia.
“This unsophisticated plant clearly illustrates the low intellectual abilities of the propagandists of American intelligence,” said the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The newspaper also quoted a Taliban spokesperson denying the deal.
The intelligence report’s findings were presented to the President, said Times. In fact, The National Security Council discussed it with him in March.