White House says Trump was not told about alleged Russian bounties
A spokeswoman for Makanani said this information was not found to be reliable.
WASHINGTON – The White House said there was a reasonable reason President Donald Trump was not briefed on reports that Russian military intelligence was offering rewards to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan for killing American soldiers.
“Intelligence is being tested before it reaches the President of the United States. In this case, they have not been confirmed, “White House spokeswoman Kaylee McEnani said when reporters asked her why the president was not informed about it..
Senior administration officials, including Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, held a secret briefing Monday for eight Republican Congressmen on the matter amid bipartisan calls for transparency..
Two of these congressmen, Michael McCall and Adam Kinzinger, said they had been informed of “an ongoing audit to determine the accuracy of these reports.”.
“We believe that we need to first complete this review, and only then take retaliatory measures,” they said..
“We were told that Trump was not informed of this intelligence,” Mac Thornberry, senior Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, told PBS..
The White House is expected to hold a similar briefing for a group of Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday morning..
Trump tweeted on Sunday that he had not received information on the alleged rewards.
“Intelligence just told me that they did not consider this information to be reliable and therefore did not report it to me or [Vice President Mike Pence],” the president said..
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The New York Times was the first to report that a few months ago, US intelligence officials concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit linked to assassination attempts and covert operations in Europe aimed at destabilizing the West was offering an award last year for successful attacks in Afghanistan, and that the President was informed of this at the end of March.
According to the Washington Post, intelligence was obtained by US Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan and confirmed by the CIA..
Russia and the Taliban have rejected reports of compensation payments. The Kremlin called them baseless and anonymous accusations.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid rejected reports that the militants maintain “this kind of relationship with any intelligence service,” and described the newspaper’s report as an attempt to defame the movement..
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