HOUSE Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it was “totally outrageous” that President Donald Trump did not respond to reports that Russian intelligence officers offered to pay Taliban-linked militants to target American troops.
She called the lack of a U.S. response “appalling” Sunday in an interview with ABC News.
“How else would you explain his refusal to ignore, again and again, the intelligence that puts right at the Russian doorstep the involvement into our elections, for example?”
“Now, he’s saying this is fake news. Why would he say that?” she added.
“He is a gift to Russia — to diminish our leadership in NATO, to diminish our troops in Germany, all a gift to Putin,” she said. “Something is very wrong here. But this must have an answer.”
Pelosi, a member of the “Gang of Eight” — the group of top congressional leaders regularly briefed on sensitive intelligence — said she was not briefed on this matter.
“We have called for a report to Congress on this,” Pelosi said on Sunday, adding that lawmakers would try to “find out” if Trump was briefed.
She also expressed concern that intelligence officials may have been afraid to broach the subject with the president.