After an explosive report in The New York Times revealed that American intelligence agencies have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. armed forces in Afghanistan, the backlash against Donald Trump erupted on social media.
With the article alleging that the president was briefed on the finding which was discussed by Trump’s National Security Council in late March, the administration’s failure to authorize a single retaliatory step against these hostile attacks by the proxies of a foreign power on America’s soldiers inspired outrage, further accusations of Russian collusion, and demands for Trump’s ouster as Americans processed the news by sending the hashtag #TraitorTrump trending on Twitter.
Compounding the outrage over the Trump administration’s failure to sanction the Kremlin after the bounties were discovered was the fact that the president continued to call for Russia to be invited to the next G7 meeting of world leaders and that he had scarce ventilators shipped to that country to help in the treatment of their surging COVID-19 infections after the paid incentives to kill American troops were already known in intelligence circles.
Critics of the president on Twitter were savage in their assessment of Trump’s behavior, labeling it as a treasonous and cowardly abdication of his responsibility to protect American lives.
— A.Silver-MeMEs & GIFs (@SilverAdie) June 27, 2020
Remember, after Trump found out that Putin is paying bounties for Taliban mercenaries to hunt US soldiers serving in Afghanistan:
— Tomi T Ahonen (@tomiahonen) June 27, 2020
— Catann (@corgiboys) June 27, 2020
— BestBet (@grtamericanovel) June 27, 2020
Are you sitting on the fence with this one too? @GOP @marcorubio @VernBuchanan @SenRickScott American Troops and American Citizens lives are in danger. Everyone of you has aided in putting us there. #TraitorTrump #TraitorGOP https://t.co/hSL7oJ51EU
— joym2u2 (@joym2u2) June 27, 2020
TELL your reps in Congress to investigate:
Trump knew about Russian bounties paid to the Taliban to kill U.S. Troops in MARCH. Trump administration has taken NO action. But Trump wanted Russia invited to the G7 Summit. Trump has committed Treason against the U.S. #TraitorTrump https://t.co/a1AuhGUpPF
— Nancy Levine (@nancylevine) June 27, 2020
I’ve been calling him a traitor since before the 2016 election & people blew me off. But he’s been loyal to Putin over America since the late 80s & this is stone cold proof of his treason 🤬#TraitorTrump #RemoveTrumpNow https://t.co/YF5R9gg85k
— T👻r👻 D🐈⬛bl💀n 🎃🧙🏻♀️ (@taradublinrocks) June 27, 2020
— Dad Of 4A's (@4a_of) June 27, 2020
How many more straws can this country take before our backs are broken?
People are already out in the streets protesting, but now they have one more grievance to add to their lists.
Trump needs to be removed from office immediately and his GOP enablers voted out of power wherever they hold it.
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