The time printed this article about the efforts to be more aggressive to Russia about this.
The current occupant posted this tantrum in response:
The times responded:
They claim the NSC was OK with running the story.
What the hell? Could it be that he wasn’t briefed because they were afraid he would call it off because of his buddy Putin? The story points out the possibility.
Did you really believe the Times made it up out of whole cloth? If so, shouldn’t there the be massive denials by the Pentagon?