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New reports raise urgent question: Is there any line Trump won't allow Putin to cross?

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

As a game of who knew what when plays out concerning US intelligence that Russia was allegedly paying Taliban proxies to kill US and British troops in Afghanistan, we can't lose sight of the big picture: Putin feels increasingly empowered under this President and that's a dangerous outlook for US national security, writes Samantha Vinograd

(CNN)As a game of who knew what when plays out with the administration -- this time about US intelligence that Russia was allegedly paying Taliban proxies to kill US and British troops in Afghanistan -- we can't lose sight of the big picture: Putin feels increasingly empowered under this President and that's a dangerous outlook for US national security.

It is important to understand whether President Donald Trump was briefed on this intel if it was, in fact, reliable intelligence.

There are in fact times when Presidents are not briefed on threat reporting, but that's normally because the intelligence isn't reliable if it is still being vetted and there isn't a lot of confidence in its veracity.

Reliable intelligence on threats to Americans may be provided to the President in a number of ways: The Presidential Daily Briefing, briefing memos, oral briefings ahead of calls with counterparts and more.

So it wouldn't be out of character for Trump to opt out of intelligence briefings that would have contained this recent threat reporting.

The only other explanation is that multiple members of Trump's handpicked team failed, on multiple occasions, to brief him on this intelligence or to make him aware that vetting of this threat reporting was underway.

If the intelligence is correct, four years into Trump's Presidency, Putin feels omnipotent enough to try to kill Americans.

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