- Title: Bolton: Trump doesn't like being briefed; he doesn't see the need for it
- Date: 30th June 2020
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (JUNE 30, 2020) (REUTERS - Broadcasters: NONE Digital: NONE) REPORTER
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- Keywords: Donald Trump John Bolton Kim Jong Un Vladimir Putin Xi Jinping
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- Story Text: U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday (June 30) the United States should consider economic sanctions on Russia as part of a strong U.S. response if it is true that Moscow offered bounty payments to Taliban forces for killing Americans in Afghanistan.
Speaking to Reuters Television, Bolton said the reports, if confirmed, were "tantamount to an attack on Americans directly" and the publication of them appears to have triggered "chaos and confusion" within the White House.
"What we need is a more comprehensive strategy to deal with Russia. I think in (Russian President) Vladimir Putin and his government, you've got somebody playing a very weak hand very well. And I don't really think we're playing much of a hand at all," he said.
Bolton declined to confirm or deny reports in the New York Times and Washington Post of U.S. intelligence about the bounties. Trump denied on Monday having been briefed on the effort, which the reports said may have led to the deaths of U.S. service personnel.
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