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Pelosi on Trump and Russia: ‘This Is as Bad as it Gets’

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President Trump has jumped the shark: That’s how top Democrats framed things on Sunday, condemning the president for failing to act in response to Russian interference in Afghanistan.

A Times investigation, published Friday, found that Trump was briefed on an intelligence report three months ago showing that Russia had offered cash rewards to Islamic militants launching attacks on American forces in Afghanistan. But the White House still hasn’t taken any steps to retaliate or make the Russians stop.

“This is as bad as it gets,” Nancy Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week,” pointing out that Trump denied having been briefed on the intelligence. “Whether he is or not, his administration knows, and our allies — some of our allies who work with us in Afghanistan — had been briefed and accept this report.”

Joe Biden weighed in during a virtual town […]

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