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Monday, October 12, 2020

The "clarification" from the Taliban spokesman came hours after the report that the group threw its weight behind Trump set Twitter alight, with the US president's detractors seizing upon the unusual endorsement to tear into the Trump administration, RT reported. "US news outlet @CBSNews has interpreted & published my remarks incorrectly. Nothing of the sort has been communicated as publicized by them," Mujahid tweeted. In its report on Saturday, CBS News claimed that Mujahid told them in a "phone interview" that he hopes Trump would prevail over his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, in November, and stick to the withdrawal plan, agreed as part of the deal with the Taliban earlier this year. "We hope he will win the election and wind up US military presence in Afghanistan," CBS News cited Mujahid as saying.

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In another quote CBS News attributed to Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman was cited praising Trump's "America first" motto. "It is the slogan of Trump from the start that they are not cops for the world and don't want a single flag and anthem for the globe, but their priority is America," Mujahid allegedly said. Apart from Mujahid, CBS News also cited another unnamed "senior Taliban member" praising the US leader. It's unclear what exactly in the CBS News "bombshell" prompted Majahid to accuse the channel of twisting his words, since he has not elaborated further. While the alleged Taliban's endorsement has seen Trump's critics declaring an open season on the president, his own campaign was quick to reject the apparent accolade.

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The source of this claim of a walk back is RT, ie RussiaToday?

Solid.

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-10-12 06:52 PM | Reply

Russian bot posts what?

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-10-13 08:25 AM | Reply

So Iran's our friend and trusted source for news on the Taliban now?

#3 | Posted by YAV at 2020-10-13 08:31 AM | Reply

... It's unclear what exactly in the CBS News "bombshell" prompted Majahid to accuse the channel of twisting his words, since he has not elaborated further. ...

Sounds like CBS may have gotten his words quite correctly.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-13 12:10 PM | Reply

#4 - That would get a "Newsworthy" if I could.

#5 | Posted by YAV at 2020-10-13 12:42 PM | Reply

So Iran's our friend and trusted source for news on the Taliban now?

If it helps Trump.

Gracie would personally service the Ayatollah.

#6 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-10-13 12:54 PM | Reply

Well, some people are saying the Taliban support Trump so there's nothing we can do about it now.

#7 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-10-13 03:02 PM | Reply

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