Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement Following Gang Of 8 Briefing On Russian Bounties On U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

July 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement following a classified Gang of 8 briefing on reports of Russian bounties on U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan:

“Force protection is a primary purpose of intelligence.  It should have the same importance to the Commander-in-Chief.  Any reports of threats on our troops must be pursued relentlessly. 

“These reports are coming to light in the context of the President being soft on Vladimir Putin when it comes to NATO, the G7, Crimea, Ukraine and the ongoing undermining of the integrity of our elections. 

“Our Armed Forces would be better served if President Trump spent more time reading his daily briefing and less time planning military parades and defending relics of the Confederacy.” 

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