and yet another scandal. did trump know about the russian bounty
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian bounty offers to Taliban militants led to the deaths of several U.S. soldiers according to U.S. intelligence agencies, the Washington Post reported, and Congress on Monday demanded more information about the reports.
It was unclear how many U.S. or coalition troops may have been targeted or killed under the Russian program, the Post said late on Sunday, but the intelligence stemmed from U.S. military interrogations of captured militants and was passed up from U.S. Special Operations forces in Afghanistan.
The New York Times separately reported that U.S. intelligence officials believe at least one American military death stemmed from the bounties, citing two officials briefed on the matter. Reuters could not immediately confirm the reports.
The reports drew outrage from critics of Republican U.S. President Donald Trump who argued it was unconscionable for him to have known of a Russian effort to kill American servicemen while seeking to improve relations with Moscow.
Trump sought to cast doubt on the Russian bounty effort, saying on Sunday he was never briefed on the matter and that U.S. intelligence officials told him this was because the information was not credible.
The Kremlin on Monday also denied the bounty report, first published by the New York Times on Friday, that Russian forces had offered to pay Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and other Western soldiers in Afghanistan.
“These allegations are lies,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding that Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had never discussed the allegations
U.S. intelligence shows Russian bounties led to U.S. troop deaths, reports say
Russian bounty offers to Taliban militants led to the deaths of several U.S. soldiers according to U.S. intelligence agencies, the Washington Post reported, and Congress on Monday demanded more information about the reports.
There are only 3 possibilities here: It was in the President's Daily Brief(PDB) or briefed to him but he didn’t bother to read or listen; the NSC/CIA deliberately kept it from him; or he knew and didn’t care because he wants to have a “good relationship” with a murderous autocrat.
And if such a massive reporting failure has actually occurred, the White House would be having meetings NOW to figure out if the intel is true, what went wrong, and most importantly, how to respond. Instead, it’s just another whine about “Fake News.”