Trump denies being briefed on Russian bounty intelligence

  • Trump denies being briefed on Russian bounty intelligence

Trump denies being briefed on Russian bounty intelligence

President Trump denied Sunday that he'd ever been briefed on bounties Russian Federation reportedly offered to Taliban-linked fighters to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan.

(CNN)President Donald Trump on Sunday denied receiving a briefing about intelligence that Russians had tried to bribe Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops, as The New York Times first reported and CNN has confirmed.

The newspaper, citing anonymous officials, said that Trump was briefed on the findings in March, but has not decided how to respond. The White House National Security Council conferred an inter-agency meeting that same month to discuss the matter, according to the report.

Trump was told about the intelligence but had not authorized steps to retaliate, the Times reported.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer urged tough sanctions against Russian Federation in the defense bill that the Senate will debate this week.

The militants also said homemade explosives account for most fatalities among United States forces. He went on to criticize former President Obama, the Times, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter. "Who is their "source"?"

A Russian military intelligence unit linked to assassination attempts in Europe offered rewards for successful attacks past year on American and coalition troops, the Times reported.

Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said "neither the President nor the Vice President were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence".

The Times reported on Friday that USA intelligence had concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit linked to assassination attempts in Europe had offered rewards for successful attacks a year ago on American and coalition soldiers, and that Islamist militants were believed to have collected some bounty money. U.S. intelligence concluded months ago that Russian military intelligence offered the bounties, amid peace talks, the Times said in its report.

According to the newspaper, the Taliban operation was led by a unit known as the G.R.U., which has been blamed in numerous global incidents including a 2018 chemical weapons attack in Britain that almost killed Russian-born double agent Sergei Skripal.

U.S. intelligence concluded that Russian Federation intervened in the 2016 presidential election in a bid to assist Trump, including through manipulation of social media. "The New York Times reporting, and all other subsequent news reports about such an alleged briefing are inaccurate". A spokesman for the Taliban told the newspaper the report was "baseless".

Speaking from a virtual town hall on Saturday, former Vice President Biden said that if the the story was correct, then it was a betrayal to USA forces to fail to protect them in a war zone.

Critics of President Trump called the reporting further evidence that the president has failed to adequately curb the influence of Russia, and instead sought to foster a cozy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"If I'm elected president, make no mistake about it, Vladimir Putin will be confronted and we'll impose serious costs on Russia", Biden said.