There "has been a 2,000 percent increase in Russian trolls in the past 24 hours," chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Saturday, accusing Moscow of ramping up a "disinformation campaign" against the U.S.-led strikes on Syria ordered by President Trump Friday night. She did not detail how the Defense Department calculated that number, but told assembled reporters the Pentagon would supply them with "the facts, moving forward."
Like President Trump, White spoke of the strikes as an unqualified success. She said they do not "represent a change in U.S. policy" or "an attempt to depose the Syrian regime." Watch a clip of her comments below, or see the full briefing here. Bonnie Kristian
Pentagon: “The Russian disinformation campaign has already begun. There has been a 2,000 percent increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours.” pic.twitter.com/xVkJzAHOqs
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