White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany just shut down House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for “playing politics” with the bombshell reports that claim Russia paid the Taliban to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.
While appearing on “Fox & Friends,” McEnany said that Pelosi is “entirely off-base” after the Democrat accused President Donald Trump of not taking action to stop this because Russia has incriminating information on him. “This is as bad as it gets, and yet the president will not confront the Russians on this score, denies being briefed,” Pelosi said on Sunday. “I don’t know what the Russians have on the president, politically, personally, financially, or whatever it is. But he wants to ignore, he wants to bring them back to the G-8 despite the annexation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine.”
McEnany, however, was not having any of it. “This president has been very tough on Russia, sanctioning a new Russian target, closing Russian consulates, so she’s just off-base on her facts there,” she said, going on to claim that the president was never briefed on the intelligence reports that were published by The New York Times on Friday.
“What she’s doing, she’s taking a report based on anonymous sourcing that was just dead wrong. The New York Times was wrong, believe it or not, and she’s politicizing it,” McEnany added. This comes one day after President Trump himself took to Twitter to deny having any knowledge of the reports. “Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP,” the president tweeted. “Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad!!!”
Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad!!! https://t.co/cowOmP7T1S
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2020
In today’s interview with Fox News, McEnany said that she doesn’t know who the unnamed sources quoted in the report could be, adding that leaking this kind of information is never good for the United States as a whole. “To go and to share classified information or unverified intelligence or any of the thousands of reports that come in on any given day have to be assessed for their credibility,” she said.