Trump denies briefing on reported bounties against US troops

U.S. Army soldier in Southeastern Afghanistan, Photo Date: 12/29/2019, Photo: U.S. Army / Alejandro Licea

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – 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.”

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