Trump’s Excuses For Ignoring Intelligence Get Increasingly Lame as More Evidence Emerges
We begin with the burgeoning scandal closing in on Trump which gets to the heart of the persistent question about what kind of hold does Putin have over our president leading to the ultimate previously unthinkable question that an American president could be a traitor. Joining us to discuss the processes involved in the Presidential Daily Briefing which Trump was given on February 27 in which he was told the Russians were paying the Taliban a bounty to kill American troops is Paul Pillar who served for 30 years as an analyst at the CIA and was National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia. He joins us to refute the White House claim that the intelligence was not pinned down, pointing out that the intelligence on Osama Bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan was not pinned down but Obama went ahead with the operation. And since House Speaker Pelosi has suggested Trump may not have been given the full picture because his intelligence briefers might be afraid that Trump would immediately tattle to Putin, the question about Trump’s loyalty to the country arises. But blaming the press and calling it all “a hoax” hardly begins to settle the matter as both Republican and Democratic lawmakers call for more intelligence briefings without the White House trying to orchestrate them.
The Taliban Side of the Story From Someone Who Was Kidnapped by Them