WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday upbraided House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for “playing politics” with an explosive report that alleged Moscow paid the Taliban to kill US soldiers.
In an interview with “Fox & Friends,” McEnany accused Pelosi of being “entirely off-base” after the San Francisco Democrat, 80, claimed that the president failed to act on the intelligence because the Russian government had incriminating information on him.
“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,” McEnany said, insisting that the president was never briefed on the intelligence which was reported by the New York Times 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,” she continued.
In an interview on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Pelosi suggested that “all roads lead back to Putin,” referring to the Russian dictator with who Trump has developed a controversial relationship.
“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 G8 despite the annexation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine,” the speaker said.
Pelosi, a member of Congress’ bipartisan Gang of Eight which receives classified intelligence briefings, said lawmakers had been left in the dark by the White House and the nation’s spy agencies and demanded answers.
“This is as bad as it gets, and yet the president will not confront the Russians on this score, denies being briefed,” she said.Trump tweeted Sunday that neither he nor Vice President Mike Pence was briefed on the alleged Russian bounty — and later said the […]