Former Nationwide Safety Adviser Susan Rice on Sunday accused President Trump of doing “our arch-enemy’s bidding” by inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Group of Seven summit amid a debate over intelligence that alleges Moscow provided bounties to Taliban fighters keen to focus on U.S. troopers.
Ms. Rice, who served as President Obama’s nationwide safety adviser from 2013 to 2017, additionally stated the president is surrounded by “sycophants and weaklings” who’re too afraid to offer him the complete image on Russia.
“We nonetheless, I need to remind you, have credible intelligence that the Russians are attempting to kill U.S. servicemen and girls in Afghanistan,” she informed NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “This isn’t the time to be handing Putin an olive department. That is the time to be working up choices to punish him. And but, that’s not what occurred.”
Capitol Hill leaders are receiving categorized intelligence hearings on the alleged bounty funds to Taliban fighters, which had been first reported within the New York Instances.
Some stories say the administration was conscious of the intelligence and put it in a presidential briefing earlier this 12 months. However the White Home says the president was by no means knowledgeable in regards to the problem as a result of intelligence officers hadn’t reached a consensus on the knowledge.
Mr. Trump went a step additional on Twitter, calling the story a “hoax” designed to harm him and the GOP in an election 12 months.
The president’s critics say he ought to be weighing types of retaliation whereas the knowledge is vetted, as an alternative of transferring to ask Mr. Putin to a G7 summit the U.S. is about to host later this 12 months. Russia was ousted from the membership of countries after annexing Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
Ms. Rice slammed the president’s decision-making amid rumors former Vice President Joseph R. Biden is vetting her as a possible operating mate this November.
She is reportedly being thought of alongside Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Tammy Duckworth, in addition to Rep. Val Demmings, amongst different girls.
Final month, Ms. Rice stated in an interview that she would “definitely say sure” if requested to be Mr. Biden’s operating mate.
Chatting with NBC, she stated she simply desires to assist Democrats.
“I’m going to do every little thing I can to assist get Joe Biden elected and assist him succeed as president,” Ms. Rice informed NBC’s Meet the Press.” “Whether or not I’m his operating mate or a door-knocker, I don’t thoughts. I simply need to get Joe Biden elected and see the Democrats management the Senate and retain the Home.”
• Lauren Meier contributed to this report.