Donald Trump denies that the US intelligence service believes that Russia wants to encourage him in the 2020 elections
Donald Trump denied that the US intelligence service believes that Russia wants to encourage Bernie Sanders in the primary and says he hopes that democrats treat rising presidential rivals ‘fairly’
President Donald Trump has denied that intelligence officials are telling Russia that it is intervening in the 2020 primaries and – following an explosive report about a Capitol briefing on Russia’s intentions.
“Nobody told me at all,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Sunday as he was leaving for a trip to India, asking if he had been informed that Russia is trying to help Sanders.
Trump also destroyed the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, chairman Adam Schiff, who was the main House Imeachment Manager and whose committee received a briefing with a top intelligence officer who led Trump to dress the departing director of the intelligence service Joseph Maguire.
US President Donald Trump speaks with the media at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, USA, before leaving for India, February 23, 2020. REUTERS / Yuri Gripas
“They should investigate Adam Schiff because he leaked that intelligence,” Trump said.
Trump’s comments were repeated by Marc Short, Mike Pence’s vice chief of staff, who told Fox News Sunday, “The intelligence community didn’t tell us that Russia is trying to choose Donald Trump.”
But he also confirmed that Trump was accusing MaGuire of the briefing with the intelligence committee, where an assistant to Maguire told the legislators during the interrogation that Russia was planning to get involved in primaries, according to New York Times.
Short said, “The president asked questions because he said,” Why did they receive a briefing before I did that? , Said Short.
Trump congratulated Sanders on his great victory in the Nevada caucuses.
“I hope they treat him fairly,” Trumps said. “I hope it won’t be a rigid deal, because there are many bad things going on,” he said without explanation.
Asked if he was worried about Russian involvement in the elections, Trump instead talked about the efforts he thinks the Democrats are making to deprive Sanders of his appointment.
“I think what it could be, the Democrats treat Bernie Sanders very unfairly. And it sounds like a leak from Adam Schiff to me because they don’t want Bernie Sanders to represent them, “Trump said. “It sounds like it’s ’16 again for Bernie Sanders. And he won he had a big win yesterday. But you know what happens, you can see the handwriting on the wall, “he added.
Trump also made comments suggesting that Maguire was not rejected because of his own anger about the briefing about Russia. “He’s a very nice man. His time came so he had to leave on March 11, “he said, pointing to Maguire’s acting status as director of national intelligence.