Friday August 14, 2020

How a theatrical trifle took Trump’s eye off the ball

In the midst of a controversy about Russia allegedly bribing Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers, the US president was meeting the people behind a bizarre new play about two FBI agents having an affair

5th July, 2020
Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, creators of FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers

US media reports last week claiming that Russia paid Taliban fighters bounties for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan quickly gave way to a new controversy: whether US President Donald Trump was aware that the alleged $100,000 cash bounties per death may have triggered the killing of three US Marines in April last year.

Initially, Trump denied he had been briefed about Russia’s alleged cash incentives to the Taliban. However, it quickly emerged that the issue was...

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