GOP Senate Contenders Silent on Reports of Russian Bounties for US Troops

June 29, 2020

Despite reports that the White House was briefed on reports of Russia offering Taliban-linked militants bounties for targeting US troops, Georgia Republicans won’t comment

ATLANTA — This weekend, as news surfaced about intelligence reports of Russia offering bounties to “Taliban-linked militants” to target American troops which possibly “resulted in the deaths of several U.S. service members,” Georgia’s Republican Senate candidates are once again silent — even despite reports “that Trump was briefed on the bounty matter earlier this year” but “the White House has yet to authorize any step” to hold Russia accountable.

This isn’t the first time that Georgia Republicans have refused to comment on reports of Trump failing to stand up to authoritarian regimes. Just weeks ago, Republicans went silent following revelations that Trump reportedly “asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him win the 2020 U.S. election” and “signaled his approval” of China’s human rights abuses.

Yet once again, instead of holding the administration accountable and protecting our national security, Georgia Republicans would rather stay silent and earn points with the White House.

“Georgia Republicans claim to be tough on national security, but they’re nowhere to be found in the face of reports on Russia offering bounties to target US troops and the White House’s failure to respond,” said Alex Floyd, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Our service members deserve answers and accountability — but they’re just getting silence from Senator Perdue, Senator Loeffler, and Congressman Collins.”

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