Trump's Denial On Russian Bounty Plan Briefing "Remarkable": John Bolton

Trump's Denial On Russian Bounty Plan Briefing

The Times reported that President Trump and the White House's National Security Council were briefed on Russia's bounty rewards in late March.

The New York Times report says that USA intelligence officials concluded several months ago that the Russian unit had past year secretly offered rewards to the fighters in return for successful attacks.

"The idea that Trump wouldn't be briefed on Russian Federation putting a bounty on USA troops is even crazier than him being briefed and doing nothing", Ben Rhodes, a former national security aide to Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, wrote on Twitter.

Biden said the shocking revelation - if true - is that Trump "has known about this for months" and had done "worse than nothing".

"Critics are pointing out that the president did do one thing, he invited Vladimir Putin to the now cancelled G7 summit, and that's created its own kind of controversy today", she said, referring to the so-called Group of Seven, an economic organisation composed of world powers from which Russian Federation was expelled in 2014.

He promised that if he is elected on November 3, "Putin will be confronted and we'll impose serious costs on Russian Federation".

According to the report, militants were believed to have collected bounty money, but that it was unclear whether specific killings of U.S. troops were under suspicion.

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According to the Times, U.S. officials have concluded that the bounty operation was orchestrated by the G.R.U., an arm of Russian military intelligence that has been linked to assassination attempts and other cloak and dagger operations, including the 2018 nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury, England.

A Taliban spokesman said the militants "strongly reject this allegation" and are not "indebted to the beneficence of any intelligence organ or foreign country". Multiple news outlets including CNN, The Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal have corroborated The Times' reporting. "This primitive informational dump clearly demonstrates low intellectual abilities of the propagandists at the American intelligence service", Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement cited by the RIA news agency.

The Times claimed the intelligence was based partially on interrogations of captured Afghan militants and criminals. However, he has expressed they won't do it because he doesn't believe the person even exists. They discussed an appropriate response, ranging from making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and economic sanctions, but the White House had not yet authorized a response.

At least two members of Congress demanded answers.

South Carolina's Tim Scott, the only Black Republican senator, called the retweet "indefensible".

The Taliban in Afghanistan also denied the report, essentially saying it was killing Americans on its own accord without instigation from Russian Federation but "that changed after our deal with the Americans, and their lives are secure and we don't attack them".

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