Biden says Trump doesn’t seem ‘cognitively aware’ of Russia bounty intel

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Biden says Trump doesn’t seem ‘cognitively aware’ of Russia bounty intel
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Biden says Trump doesn’t seem ‘cognitively aware’ of Russia bounty intel
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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden rebuked President Trump on Tuesday over reports that sensitive intelligence about a Russian spy agency offering bounties to Afghan militants to kill U.S. and coalition forces was included in the president’s briefing material months ago.

Though he said the story is still developing, Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, that “it’s an absolute dereliction of duty if any of this is even remotely true,” adding, “I think the president has a lot to answer for, and we should get the answers quickly.”

“This president talks about cognitive capability. He doesn’t seem to be cognitively aware of what’s going on,” Biden said, apparently in reference to Mr. Trump’s attacks on Biden’s cognitive abilities. “He either reads and/or gets briefed on important issues, and he forgets it, or he doesn’t think it’s necessary that he need to know it.”

Biden said that upon learning about the allegations, Mr. Trump should have gotten “to the bottom” of the reports, assembled the Joint Chiefs of Staff “and asked what they’re doing to prevent this.”

The former vice president said Mr. Trump “should have at a minimum picked up the phone and said, ‘Vladimir, old buddy, if any is true … you’ve got a big problem, a big problem.'”

The New York Times and Associated Press reported Monday that the bounty allegations were included in at least one of the president’s written daily intelligence briefings, known as the Presidential Daily Brief.

“The Presidential Daily Brief is something I read every single day as vice president. [President Obama] read it every day. I was briefed every morning before I got to the White House,” Biden said, adding, “So, the idea that somehow he didn’t know or isn’t being briefed — it is a dereliction of duty if that’s the case. And if he was briefed and nothing was done about this, that’s a dereliction of duty.”

You can read the rest of Melissa Quinn and Sarah Ewall-Wice’s article at CBSnews.com

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