Trump briefed on Russian bounties in February: report

Trump briefed on Russian bounties in February: report


Washington: The New York Times said in a new report on Monday that Donald Trump had received a written briefing that allegedly Russia provided Afghan militants with a bounty for killing U.S. forces, which weakened the United States. The President’s claim that he was not informed of the threat.

Trump is under increasing pressure to explain more and more media reports, saying that he was informed that the Russian military intelligence service has provided remuneration for militants associated with the Taliban and paid for the death of the US military , But he did not respond.

The Times quoted two officials who asked not to be named as saying that this request was included in the written version of the president’s daily briefing at the end of February. CNN confirmed the story, but quoted an official as saying that the document was produced “sometime in spring”.

Trump denied being informed of the results of the assessment, and the White House said on Monday that the complaint has been retained because the intelligence supporting this fact has not been verified.

The president is known for reading daily briefings from time to time, preferring to rely on conservative media reports to resolve major events of the day-but intelligence officials reportedly give him oral briefings up to three times a week.

Crucially, these officials told the Times that Russia’s assessment was deemed to be serious and credible enough to include its flagship intelligence product in the CIA’s classified intelligence “World Intelligence Review” on May 4.

The White House briefed a small group of Republican parliamentarians on Monday on its position, but the Democrats in the top congress requested the intelligence community to inform all members of Congress.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to the Director of the National Intelligence Agency John Ratcliffe and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Gina Haspel: ” The question that arises is: to inform the President of the situation. If not, why? Why not inform the Congress?”

The Times previously reported that US intelligence personnel and special forces in Afghanistan began alerting as early as January, and the National Security Council (NSA) held an inter-agency meeting in late March to discuss possible countermeasures-but the White House did not authorize Any action.

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