The was a ‘flurry of communication’ over three weeks between Presidents Trump and Putin this year, including calls hidden by the White House.
President Trump, Vice President Pence, and White House staffers continue to deny any knowledge of U.S. intelligence reports that Russia had place bounties on U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan as an incentive for Islamic militants connected to the Taliban.
The New York Times first reported the story this past Friday, and NBC News has confirmed its report. Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that U.S. Intelligence has confirmed that bounties were paid.
According to a sister network of the Voice of America, President Trump engaged in an unprecedented and previously unknown “flurry of communication” with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a three-week period earlier this year.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFERL) reported…
“On March 30, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke by telephone, the first of five calls between the two over a period of three weeks, a flurry of communication unprecedented during Trump’s 3 1/2 years in office.”
The radio network reports only one of the five calls between the two leaders directly communicated. This has been confirmed according to research from NCRM. Four of the calls were not posted to the White House website, which is a severe deviation from prior practice and protocol. RFERL’s Mike Eckel notes…
“For many Russia watchers, the flurry of behind-the-scenes phone calls and other communications is a clear indication that something’s going on “the two countries’ diplomats have spoken at least three times over that same period, which also coincided with an unusual shipment of Russian coronavirus-related humanitarian aid to the United States.”
According to NCRM, it reviewed titles of over 800 news briefings on the White House website, where the Press Office used to post details of all telephone calls between the President and foreign leaders, known as “readouts.”
The White House looks like it’s been hiding readouts from calls between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin. Suspiciously there are no readouts of any calls between President Trump and any foreign leader that took place this year, posted to the White House’s website for the public to access. Trump has adopted an authoritarian approach to governing the country since his attempted extortion of Ukraine for which he was impeached late last year.
In late September of 2019, the Kremlin announced no calls between Trump and Putin could be released to the public without “mutual accord,” another extreme deviation from prior practice.
However, the Kremlin repeatedly has released readouts of calls and other communications between President Trump and Putin or other Russian leaders when the White House has not with the intent of embarrassing our country and POTUS.
This past weekend The Washington Post reported, “Russian bounties to Taliban-linked militants resulted in deaths of U.S. troops.”
The reports have prompted several Republican lawmakers like former vice president’s daughter, Liz Chaney, a now a Congresswoman from Wyoming to post some serious questions to President Trump and his administration.
Trump has personally denied the report, calling it “fake news.”