Donald Trump keeps trying to strengthen his relationship with Russian and things just keep happening that blow that to pieces. The latest in a long line of snags in Trump’s Russian butt-kissing involves Russia’s direct knowledge of and possible involvement in Assad’s horrific chemical attacks last week.
The AP is reporting that a senior US official, speaking anonymously, has confirmed that intelligence agencies have determined that the Russian government knew about Assad’s attacks in advance.
It’s already been reported that shortly after the attack, a drone flew over a Syrian hospital where the attack’s victims were seeking treatment, and several hours later that hospital was bombed by a Russian-made fighter jet.
The official said that a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a Russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in what American officials believe was an attempt to cover up the usage of chemical weapons.
The U.S. official said the presence of the surveillance drone over the hospital couldn’t have been a coincidence, and that Russia must have known the chemical weapons attack was coming and that victims were seeking treatment.
The official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on intelligence matters and demanded anonymity, didn’t give precise timing for when the drone was in the area, where more than 80 people were killed. The official also didn’t provide details for the military and intelligence information that form the basis of what the Pentagon now believes.
The White House had no comment on Russia’s possible involvement with the Syrian attacks. Could that perhaps be because they’re involved alongside Russia, or just because Trump doesn’t want to piss off his boss Vladimir?