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.”
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks on on June 30, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images
The former vice president said