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Biden: Trump Must "Answer For" Reports About Russian Bounties On U.S. Troops; "Dereliction Of Duty" If True


Former VP Joe Biden said Tuesday that President Donald Trump has a "lot to answer for" about reports that he was told Russia might be offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans.

"It’s an absolute dereliction of duty if any of this is even remotely true," Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware.

JOE BIDEN: Either way he didn't know or isn't being briefed, it is a dereliction of duty if that's the case. And if he was briefed and nothing was done about this, that's a dereliction of duty. I guess the best way for me to end this is, I was talking to my wife Jill, and I don't see her get outraged very often. She started asking, Joe, what would you have done if Beau was still in harm's way and this information came out and the president -- Beau was my son.

I'm sorry. I apologize. He served in Iraq for a year in the army. But if he'd been in Afghanistan, what are those parents thinking out there? What are those sons and daughters, husbands and wives? It's an absolute dereliction of duty if any of this is even remotely true. So I think the president has a lot to answer for and should get the answers quickly.

QUESTION: What consequences should he face if these allegations are true or these reports are true?

BIDEN: If these allegations are true and he did nothing about this, then I think the public should -- unrelated to my running, conclude this man isn't fit to be president of the United States of America.
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