Pelosi: 'Russia Has Dirt on Trump,' He's ‘Kissing Up to Putin in Every Way’
House speaker attempts to resurrect the Russia narrative
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had suggested President Donald Trump was lying when he said he wasn't briefed on reports of bounties being placed on U.S. troops by Russia, accusing the president of “kissing up” to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The House Democrat told ABC's This Week on Sunday she believes Russia has something on Trump, which caused him to "ignore" intelligence briefings.
"This is as bad as it gets, and yet the president will not confront the Russians on this score — denies being briefed," Pelosi said.
"Whether he is or not, his administration knows, and our allies, some of our allies who work with us in Afghanistan, have been briefed and accept this report," she added.
"Just as I have said to the president, with him, all roads lead to Putin," Pelosi said.
"I don’t know what the Russians have on the president, politically, personally, financially, or whatever it is," Pelosi continued.
"But he wants to ignore — he wants to bring them back to the G-8 despite the annexation of Crimea and the invasion of Ukraine," she said.
"Despite what they yielded to him in Syria. Despite his intervention into our election, which is well documented by our intelligence community, and despite now, possibly, this allegation, which we should have been briefed on," she added.
A New York Times report stated Trump was briefed but didn't respond to Russia's threats.
Trump addressed the report:
"Nobody briefed or told me, @VP Pence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an 'anonymous source' by the Fake News @nytimes," Trump tweeted.
"Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us. Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration. With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a field day, taking over important parts of Ukraine - Where’s Hunter? Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax. Who is their 'source'?" he added.
...Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration. With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a field day, taking over important parts of Ukraine - Where’s Hunter? Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax. Who is their “source”?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2020
"This is totally outrageous. You would think that the minute the president heard of it, he would want to know more instead of denying that he knew anything.”
“He’s kissing up to Putin in every way, saying they should be in the G-7, even though annexed Crimea and caused death and destruction in Ukraine, so totally irresponsible. Something is wrong with this picture.”
The House Speaker has been attempting to resurrect the 'Russia' narrative ever since Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded there was no collusion.
Earlier his year, Pelosi accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of being an "accomplice" to Russian interference while insisting President Trump is "in complete denial" about Russia's attempts to meddle in the 2020 election.
"Sometimes I wonder about Mitch McConnell too," remarked Pelosi.
"What's he — why is he an accomplice to all of that?" the House Speaker asked.