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‘Troops are not political pawns:’ Sen. Joe Manchin responds to reports of bounties on U.S. service members

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(WVVA) - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D) of West Virginia is weighing in on reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters for killing U.S. service members in Afghanistan.

Manchin says in part "One of the most solemn responsibilities of a public official who serves in an executive role, whether it be a Governor or President, is to protect and defend our service members who are willing to die for our the end of the day, Democrats and Republicans have always agreed that our troops are not political pawns and national security is not a game."

He continues by saying "make no mistake, if this is proven to be true and the President was briefed on this and did nothing, not only did he fail our service members but he broke his oath to protect and defend the constitution."

To learn more about Pres. Trump defending his response to the Russian bounty threat, go here.

Melinda Zosh

Evening Anchor and Producer

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