Clinton swipes at Trump on Russian bounty news: I ‘would have read my damn briefs’

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFox’s Gasparino: GOP operatives raising possibility Trump ‘could drop out of race’ if polls don’t rebound Sacha Baron Cohen pranks right-wing event in Washington state Trump to tap senior HUD official to run Office of Personnel Management: report MORE took a swipe at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTop intelligence officials release statements criticizing leaking of Russian bounties information Russian bounty intel was included in Trump’s daily briefing: reports Senators will have access to intelligence on Russian bounties on US troops MORE on Tuesday over reports that he had been provided with written briefs on intelligence that Russia offered bounties to incentivize Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Trump has insisted he was never briefed on the allegations and questioned their veracity, but news outlets including the Associated Press and The New York Times have reported that they were featured in the President’s Daily Brief, which CNN pointed out Trump is known not to read regularly.

In response to a tweet from singer Barbara StreisandBarbara (Barbra) Joan StreisandGeorge Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter becomes Disney stockholder thanks to Barbra Streisand Former Obama Ebola czar Ron Klain says White House’s bad decisions have put US behind many other nations on COVID-19; Fears of virus reemergence intensify The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump wants executive order on policing; silent on pending bills MORE, a longtime Democratic advocate and Trump critic, talking about how Clinton would have handled the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the former secretary of State said: “I would have read my damn briefs, Barbra, that’s for sure.” 

I would have read my damn briefs, Barbra, that’s for sure.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 30, 2020

The New York Times first reported on Friday that the GRU, Moscow’s military intelligence agency, had offered the bounties to Afghan militants, and The Washington Post reported Sunday that the offer had resulted in U.S. casualties. 

Amid the growing volume of reports, Trump has faced criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, with many pushing for new sanctions on Russia, or even a more lethal response.

“We should be talking about GRU and Taliban agents in body bags,” Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSenators will have access to intelligence on Russian bounties on US troops GOP senator: Congress must find out what Trump knew of Russian bounties, and when House Republican accuses Facebook, Twitter, YouTube of not doing enough to combat Chinese propaganda MORE (R-Neb.) said Monday evening.