Trump says he was not briefed on Russia-Taliban bounty

Russia offered Afghan militants bounties to kill US soldiers – report

But officials said the White House has taken no response to date and no explanation for the delay was given.

The New York Times (NYT) published an article on Friday, in which it cited unnamed government sources as saying that Trump was presented with an intelligence report that claimed that Moscow could have paid a bounty to Taliban in Afghanistan to kill USA soldiers. "It's probably another fake Times job, just like his failed Russia Hoax".

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Saturday refuted the recent reports citing USA intelligence assessments alleging that Russian intelligence has solicited killings of American troops by the group in Afghanistan, saying that these rumours are set to create obstacles to United States pullout from the country, Sputnik reported.

Pelosi cited the New York Times' reporting and Trump's denial as more evidence of the president ignoring allegations against Russian Federation to accommodate President Vladimir Putin.

Biden's criticism came just before the White House vehemently denied that Trump had been briefed on the intelligence, as was reported in the New York Times Friday.

Spokesmen for the Countrywide Safety Council, the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency declined to remark.

According to the Times, the Trump administration conducted extensive information on the intelligence assessment this week and shared information on this with the British government, which its forces also believed were intended.

She said that she was unaware of any such intelligence on Russian Federation bounties, but said that "we have called for a report to the Congress on this".

The Russian embassy in Washington said the New York Times report had "already led to direct threats" on the lives of employees at Russian embassies in Washington and London.

"In the absence of motives to #BlameRussians", the Moments is inventing "new faux stories", the embassy wrote on Twitter.

ABC reported that "a military official" had confirmed that Russian intelligence officers had offered to pay militants to kill USA soldiers in Afghanistan, and that senior US officials were aware of it, although the source did not know whether Mr. Trump had been briefed.

Russia offered Afghan militants bounties to kill US soldiers – report

"We strongly reject this allegation".

Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany fiercely refuted that the president had known of the plot for months, stating that "neither the president nor the vice president were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence". Intelligence officials say a Russian unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan.

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.

The United States concluded that the GRU was behind the interference in the 2016 US elections and cyberattacks against the Democratic National Committee and key Democratic officials. The Russian navy company was also accused by the West of assassination attempts and poison assaults in Europe inside of latest years.

The report says that the alleged bounties gave incentives to the insurgents to target U.S. forces.

The US intelligence evaluation was stated to be dependent in part from interrogations of captured Afghan militants and criminals, according to the newspaper. "It is a betrayal of each individual single American family members with a cherished 1 serving in Afghanistan or any where overseas. I'm frankly outraged by the report, and if I'm elected president, make no mistake, Vladimir Putin will be confronted".

This is adding pressure to the United Kingdom to take strong actions against the Kremlin, whilst the government delays publishing a crucial report on Russia's attempts to destabalise the UK.

The New York Times said there were different theories on why Russian Federation would support Taliban attacks, including a desire to keep Washington bogged down in war. While we're past the "Reset" of the early Obama years and now acknowledging that we're in an adversarial relationship-whether "Great Power Competition", "gray zone conflict", "political warfare" or some combination-to brazenly pay people to kill the forces of the other is an act of war that eschews any shade of gray.

Trump has sought to improve relations between Washington and Moscow and share an unusually warm relationshiphis Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. NBC News has not confirmed whether Trump was given a briefing on the matter, but it would be unusual if top officials did not verbally brief the president on something this explosive.

The United States has imposed sanctions on Russian Federation above different problems, which includes its annexation of Crimea, cyberattacks, and election interference.

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