White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany slammed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Monday.
This following reports Russian intelligence offered Afghan militants bounties to kill U.S. soldiers, and the White House knew but did nothing. As McEnany argued that Pelosi was “playing politics” for pushing the story, which the press secretary called “truly despicable.”
She claimed, “First, Nancy Pelosi is entirely off base, This President has been very tough on Russia, sanctioning innumerable Russian targets, closing Russian consolates. So, she’s just off base on her facts there, but secondly, let’s put this in the context of what she’s talking about. She’s talking about alleged intelligence that was never briefed to the President of the United States, and what’s she doing? She’s taking a report based on anonymous sourcing that was just dead wrong. The New York Times was wrong, believe it or not, and she’s politicizing it, so the only person playing politics here is the speaker of the House, and it’s truly despicable.”
Then stated, “There will be a briefing today. I think it will clear up a lot of the false reporting from The New York Times. The President has made clear he’s never been briefed, two DNIs have made that clear, both Ratcliffe and Rick Grenell, two national security advisers, Robert O’Brien, the current one, and even John Bolton said he was not aware of this intelligence. And intelligence, we don’t comment on it routinely, but just so you know how it works, it’s vetted for its veracity and then it only goes to the President and the high-level officials when it is deemed as verifiable and credible. So, I think it’ll clear up a lot when members of Congress are briefed today, but it is truly egregious when you have anonymous sources spewing out this information on the pages of The New York Times and wrongly giving them false information.”
But Pelosi had other ideas. “This is as bad as it gets, and yet the president will not confront the Russians on this score, denies being briefed,” Pelosi told ABC “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos. “Just as I have said to the president, with him all roads lead to Putin. I don’t know what the Russians have on the president, politically, personally, financially, or whatever it is.”
Plus added, “Now, he’s saying this is fake news. Why would he say that? Why wouldn’t he say, ‘Let’s look into it and sees what this? And he’s engaged in peace negotiations with the Taliban and he’s kissing up to Putin in every way, saying they should be in the G-7, even though he annexed Crimea and caused death and destruction in Ukraine. So totally irresponsible. Something is wrong with this picture.” Rival Democrats giving the president no slack.