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Donald Trump is facing new questions about his relationship with Vladimir Putin after he was informed in writing in February that Russia has paid gifts for the death of US soldiers in Afghanistan.

After a meeting in the White House on Tuesday, Democratic members of Congress insisted that the president must have at least been aware of the accusations against Moscow, but failed to act.

“Based on what we heard today, it was the information that a) the president should have known and b) based on what we were told today, he did,” Adam Smith, president of the services committee told reporters armed with the Chamber.

Classified U.S. reports suggested that a Russian military intelligence unit offered gifts to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, according to the New York Times last week.

The April 2019 murder of three US Marines after an explosives-armed car was detonated near their vehicles upon their return to Bagram airport, Afghanistan is seen as a possible result of the program, which the Kremlin denied.

Accidental accusations have revived familiar questions from American political scandals: what did the President know and when did he know?

Trump has long faced scrutiny for his warm relationship with Putin, including refusing to accept the conclusion of his intelligence agencies that Moscow intervened on his behalf in the 2016 presidential election; calls on Russia to join the group of seven (G7) leaders of industrial nations; and sending fans to Russia to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump and Putin spoke on the phone six times between March 30 and June 1 – an unusually large number – apparently without mentioning the issue of Afghanistan.

On Monday, the Times reported that the bounty information was included in a daily written report delivered to the president in late February, with an unnamed official specifying February 27 – a date when Trump hosted controversial supporters of Diamond celebrities and Silk in the White House.

Separately, the Associated Press said senior White House officials were aware of intelligence in early 2019 and the assessment has been included in at least one of Trump’s written daily briefings at the time. John Bolton, then national security adviser, told colleagues when he informed Trump about the intelligence assessment in March 2019, the AP added.

Trump said on Sunday that he had not been informed of the allegations because the information was not “credible”. The White House said there was no consensus among intelligence agencies. The administration has yet to determine if Trump received a written report or read it.

At Monday’s White House briefing, the press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, was asked if the information was contained in the president’s daily brief, a summary of high-level information and analysis on national security issues. She replied carefully: “He was not personally informed on the matter.”

White House officials only informed Democrats after sharing information with Republicans on Monday, prompting criticism that the Trump administration was making politics about what should be a non-partisan issue.

After Tuesday’s meeting, Adam Schiff, chairman of the House’s intelligence committee, told reporters: “As we look at these accusations, the number one of the president of the United States should not invite Russia to the G7 or G8. We should consider what sanctions are appropriate to further discourage Russia’s malicious activities. “

Schiff, who prosecuted the impeachment case against Trump for a quid pro quo with Ukraine, added: “There may be a reluctance to inform the president of things he does not want to hear and which may be more true than Putin and Putin Russia than any other topic. Many of us do not understand his affinity for that autocratic ruler which means that our nation is sick. “

Ruben Gallego, a member of the Armed Services Committee, told MSNBC: “It is clear that this president has distorted the flow of information. Because of his love for Putin and Russia, it made it more difficult, in my opinion, for the shorter ones and the people who inform the president of what is going on to keep him updated on Russian activity and which has caused many problems. “

Critics argue that although Trump is known for watching cable news instead of reading his briefings, it is not an excuse. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democratic senator who lost his legs during a combat mission over Iraq, said: “Ignorance is not at the expense”.

Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state beaten by Trump in 2016, tweeted Tuesday: “Either he knew and chose not to do anything, or he didn’t know it because he couldn’t be bothered to do his job.”

Trump’s management of diplomatic ties was another hit on Monday when Carl Bernstein, a veteran journalist who reported on the Watergate scandal that dropped Richard Nixon, posted a devastating story on the CNN website.

“In hundreds of highly qualified calls to foreign heads of state,” Bernstein wrote, citing unnamed White House sources and intelligence officials, Trump “was so constantly unprepared for the discussion of serious matters, so often outdated in his conversations.” with powerful leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and so offensive to the leaders of America’s main allies, that the calls helped convince some senior U.S. officials … that the president itself posed a threat to the national security of the United States. “

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