The contradictory message from the President and his press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, only deepened the intrigues of what is really happening.
Bernstein's story and Trump's indisputable relationship with Russia – a country where he has had a business relationship in the past and he denied interfering in the 2016 U.S. election – both are all predictive questions about Trump's presidency: Do you act in the interests of the United States or your own?
Less broadly, the confusing events on Monday have left big unanswered questions. Specifically, whether the President is informed of such explosive intelligence about Russian and American troops in Afghanistan. If the President is not informed of such a fundamental threat to US security and military abroad, why is the information unnoticed? Is it contained in his written information summaries, that many reports say he despises reading, or he has ignored it? And why hasn't Trump been more outspoken in vowing to keep the U.S. military safe since reports began appearing three days ago?