Veterans’ group VoteVets has released a new attack ad that criticises president Donald Trump over reports that he was briefed about Russia putting bounties on American military personnel in Afghanistan and failed to act.
The group, whose Twitter description states “blocked by Donald Trump”, has compared the president to Benedict Arnold, who infamously defected from the US Continental Army to the British side in the Revolutionary War.
Original painting (by Thomas Hart, 1776)
VoteVets published the video to Twitter on 3 July, the day before the US’s Independence Day, an annual celebration of the country’s Declaration of Independence from Britain.
It was reported earlier this week that the White House withheld evidence of Russian bounties on American soldiers from Republican representatives.
A report from The New York Times on Tuesday alleged that American officials had intercepted electronic data showing large financial transfers from Russia’s military intelligence agency to a Taliban-linked account that corroborated the initial bounty intelligence.
(Video is in the comments)