There is no way to explain President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for VanceMeadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: AxiosPressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: ‘I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child’MOREs lack of action in response to U.S. intelligence showing Russia paid bounties for the murder of American soldiers.
Even worse, there is no explanation for why Congressional Republicans arent raising hell over Trumps silence.
Some military veterans are speaking up:
Putin pays bounties to Taliban enemies to kill American soldiers and not a word from Donald Trump, says the narrator in an ad from the group VoteVets.
In a different ad from the same group, the narrator says: Benedict Arnold can step aside, because Benedict Donald is Americas number one traitor.
I get uneasy when political players start throwing around loaded words like ‘traitor.’
But whats the choice now?
Trumps only defense is to say he was not told about the intelligence and did not read his briefing book.
Either way, it is an unjustifiable dereliction of duty, tweeted Joe BidenJoe BidenDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for VanceTeachers face off against Trump on school reopeningsBiden wins Puerto Rico primaryMORE, the Democrats nominee for president.
Trump is also hiding behind the fact that the intelligence is not totally confirmed. But Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBattle over reopening schools heats upPelosi: Trump wearing a mask is ‘an admission’ that it can stop spread of coronavirusSunday shows – Spotlight shifts to reopening schoolsMORE (D-Calif.) dismissed the idea that Trump did not react to the report because the intelligence agencies did not have a 100 percent consensus. She called it a con.
We would practically be investigating nothing if you had to start off at 100 percentJust because they didnt have 100 percent consensus, should this be not briefed to the president of the United States? Pelosi said.
Keep in mind the seriousness of the Russian bounty report.
The Washington Post reported that in April 2019 there was an attack in Afghanistan killing three Marines and those who planned it may have been paid a bounty by a Russian military intelligence unit to kill Americans.
So it is hard to say which is worse: Either Trump did not read his written briefing report, or his aides thought it best not to tell him.
Whatever the case, it is shockingly clear that the President of the United States did nothing.
So, where is the shouting from all those flag-waving congressional Republicans?
Their current silence reminds me of their quiet when the Trump administration did nothing to punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Trump even enlisted fellow Republicans in demonizing the FBI for looking into the plot.
Trump called the probe into Russian election interference a hoax. Now he is calling news of the Russian bounty intelligence a hoax.
He is keeping Republicans in line by linking the election tampering probe to the questions about the bounty scandal. He said this latest outrage is possibly another fabricated Russia Hoaxwanting to make Republicans look bad!!
But it is an outrage to play politics with a matter of life and death for American soldiers.
And it is particularly galling when you consider how they attacked people who asked questions about the Iraq War people like me.
They smeared critics of Bushs Iraq War as traitors.
Then-Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), who led the House Republicans campaign arm at the time, accused then-Sen.Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) of divisive comments [that] have the effect of giving aid and comfort to our enemies by allowing them to exploit divisions in our country.”
So, where are todays Republicans calling out the Trump administration for its lack of response?
The only action by the Trump administration has been to start a probe to find out who leaked news of the intelligence reports to newspapers.
That diversionary tactic is consistent with Trumps failure to handle foreign affairs throughout his presidency.
The American people see it. In the current RealClearPolitics average of polls, 52 percent of Americans disapprove of Trumps handling of foreign policy.
Trumps foreign policy failures are too numerous to list in one column but here are some of the lowlights
Trumps decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accords and the Tran-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has not only cost Americans jobs but has ceded our leadership role in the world to countries like China.
Trump didnt want to hear [early reports about the coronavirus in China] because he didnt want to hear bad things about [Chinese leader] Xi JinpingHe didnt want to hear bad things about the Chinese economy that could affect the fantastic trade deal he was working on, former Trump National Security Adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump flails as audience dwindles and ratings plummetMany Democrats want John Bolton’s testimony, but Pelosi stays mumTrump envoy says US ready to talk to North Korea but rebukes Pyongyang counterpartMORE recently told ABC News.
Trump failed to act against North Korea for the murder of American student Otto Warmbier and never got a nuclear deal with Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnOvernight Defense: Army launches command probe after slaying at Fort Hood | ‘MAGA’ listed as ‘covert white supremacy’ in military handoutKim Jong Un’s sister says another summit with Trump unlikely, requests July Fourth DVDsWill the real Kim Yo Jong stand up?MORE.
He has exacerbated tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians by giving enormous concessions to the Netanyahu government.
And perhaps, most dangerously, Trump failed to halt Irans nuclear program after ripping up President Obamas nuclear deal which was working.
The Democratic National Committee has started running ads hitting Trumps stumbles on foreign policy.
Trump said hed get tough on China, a narrator intones. He didnt get tough. He got played.
And once again, he is getting played by Russia.
The civil rights leader Jesse Jackson is among those outraged and using the word treason.
If it is true that Russia is paying others to kill American soldiers, Jackson tweeted, and we are not retaliating appropriately, that is as close to treason as you can get.
Juan Williams is an author, and a political analyst for Fox News Channel.