Trump denies briefing on reported bounties against U.S. troops

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Posted at 9:49 AM, Jun 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-28 09:49:10-04

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is denying that he'd been briefed on reported U.S. intelligence that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan.

And Trump is appearing to minimize the allegations against Moscow.

According to a New York Times report, American intelligence officials concluded months ago that Russian officials offered rewards for successful attacks on American service-members last year, at a time when the U.S. and Taliban were holding talks to end the long-running war.

Trump tweets that “Nobody briefed or told me” or Vice President Mike Pence or chief of staff Mark Meadows about “the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians.”