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Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump refuses to tell the American people whether or not he has talked with President Vladimir Putin about Russia's bounty program to pay the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers.

Trump was finally asked about it, and if he discussed it last week during his call with the President of the Russian Federation.

"We don't talk about what we discussed, but we had plenty of discussion," Trump told reporters when finally asked. He added, "I think it was very productive."

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Christopher Slutman, 43, had always wanted to be a firefighter. He was that kind of kid, the kind who wants to save people. He was also a Marine Reserves Staff Sergeant who had served in Iraq. Last year, he was assigned to duty in Afghanistan.

On April 8, 2019, just two weeks before he was scheduled to return home, he and two other Marines were killed when a roadside bomb exploded near Bagram Air Base. This may be one of the attacks Russia was sponsoring.

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