Mike Pompeo tells Taliban not to kill Americans amid scandal
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with a Taliban leader amid the growing crisis over Russian bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and told Taliban Deputy and chief negotiator Mullah Baradar not to attack Americans.
Pompeo spoke with Baradar via video conference on Monday, the State Department revealed in a brief statement.
'The Secretary made clear the expectation for the Taliban to live up to their commitments, which include not attacking Americans,' the department said.
The Trump administration has gotten consumed with the growing crisis over an intelligence report - revealed in The New York Times on Friday - that Russians were paying Taliban officials to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.
President Donald Trump and administration officials have repeatedly denied the president knew about the intelligence, which the White House has said is not 'verified,' leading to questions of why Trump wasn't told and whether or not it was contained in his presidential daily brief and - if it was - why didn't he read it.
As the administration has struggled to down play the shocking report, Democrats have piled onto the president, accusing him of a 'dereliction of duty' in the words of Joe Biden, the presumptive nominee who spoke in Wilmington on Tuesday.
'If these allegations are true and he did nothing about any of this, then, in fact, I think the public should - unrelated to my running - conclude this man is not fit to be the president of the United States of America,' Biden said of Trump.
Some Republicans have jumped to the ...
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