What was Trump doing the day people tried to inform him about the Russian rewards?


Donald Trump at the White House on Friday.
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After the New York Times reported on Friday that Donald Trump had ignored warnings that a Russian military intelligence unit could have paid rewards for killing US troops in Afghanistan, the White House claimed the president had never been informed of the supposed plan. However, according to a Monday article in the New York Times, information on the rewards was included in the “President’s Daily Report,” a summary of foreign affairs and national security information, on February 27.

However, the fact that the warning was in the president’s briefing does not necessarily refute the White House claim that the president did not know. Trump has long been known to ignore the President’s Daily Report because he doesn’t like to read (seriously). Sometimes people try to tell you what they say, but they cannot force you to process the information. Therefore, the White House’s plea for ignorance is somewhat plausible, if not as good for the country.

What was Trump doing on February 27 instead of reading the report? According to the transcript of a White House Black History Month event held that Thursday, his attention was primarily focused on the idea that he had not received enough credit to prevent a coronavirus outbreak in the United States. “We have a situation with the virus. We did a great job. The press won’t give us credit for it, “he said, describing the United States’ response to the threat as an” incredible achievement “in which his administration” was doing incredibly, “” doing a great deal, “had done an” incredible job “and a” fantastic job, “and he was” prepared as we’ve never been. “At the time, there were 15 known cases of the virus in the country, a number he predicted” will soon drop to three or four. ” They have reported an additional 2.59 million cases of COVID-19 in the US since this prediction.) Trump said: “It will go away. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will go away.

On the apparent topic of the day, Trump said “no one has done more for blacks than me” and praised himself for passing a criminal justice reform bill. The event also included minute digressions on the alleged failure of the media to report on the impressive size of its rally audiences, the alleged failure of the media to report on Joe Biden’s verbal flaws, and the comment by CNN commentator Van Jones. for not thanking him for his name for supporting the bill reform during a television appearance. The Jones complaint lasted more than three minutes and lasted 633 words.

The black history event and a subsequent reception were the only activities listed in Trump’s public hours for February 27, in addition to the morning “pool time,” which is the White House term of art for periods. where the President is not doing any tangible work and the 2:30 pm intelligence briefing in which, according to the White House, he did not absorb any information about the alleged Russian rewards.

Later on Twitter, Trump focused his attention on amplifying criticism from Fox Business presenter Trish Regan about CNN’s coverage of coronavirus:

Regan parted ways with Fox in March after repeatedly describing the virus as a minimally threatening issue that liberal politicians and media figures exaggerated because they wanted to ruin the stock market and damage Trump’s reputation.

And that was it, one day from 1,258 and counting since Trump took office. Who knows what it was or was not told about all the others? Noel!

TO UPDATE [3:55 p.m.]: A February 27 Daily Beast story reported that Trump’s activities that day also included a meeting, not on official time, with the cast and playwright of “a low-budget conservative play on the so-called Deep State,” the script. of which was based on “text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page, who discussed the FBI investigation into the Trump-Russia campaign while having an affair.” The meeting, with Dean Cain and Kristy Swanson, was supposed to last 15 minutes, but lasted for 45.

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