Debates have been going on for quite a while now with regards to President Donald Trump’s awareness (or lack of) on the threat on the American troops based in Afghanistan. Whether it was intentional or blatant ignorance of national security, critics find it hard to believe that the president knew absolutely nothing about the issue.
Reports say Russian military intelligence put a price on enemy troops in Afghanistan, and hired Taliban mercenaries to do their bidding. Multiple attacks occurred. Russian and Taliban troops both denied the allegations. The mastermind of the attacks remains undiscovered and the case unresolved.
Intelligence insists that the president was already well-informed and even presented with hard evidence during his daily briefings back in 2019. The threat was real, and the information came from sources gathered from interrogations and electronic recordings. The National Security Council came together to discuss possible responses and appropriate course of actions to be taken.
However, even if all this proves to be true, the Republican president could have just as easily disregard the information, which could explain as to why he seems to lack knowledge about it now. Trump's secretary Kayleigh McEnany says such information might have never made it into the President’s hands due to lack of verification and therefore cannot be deemed credible. Also, White House officials say that the president prefers his briefings be read to him rather than he read it himself. McEnany later dodged further questions.
The president also backed up their claim by tweeting, "Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP." Nevertheless, solid evidence of his briefings are being brought into light, proving his words to be anything but credible. This series of events drive the public to conclude that Trump never planned to deal with it in the first place. It has been a constant back and forth of denial and claims and the administration's leniency has cost the lives of American troops.
The administration remains mum about it to this day, constantly refusing to answer related questions from the press, the public, and the opposition. Even so, people have been urging Trump to do damage control before diplomatic relations are severed and the nation is put at risk. The president dismissed the reports, even tweeting that he was not informed about the 'so-called attacks'.