Trump Claims Intel on Russian Bounties Was Deemed Not Credible

Headline Roundup June 29th, 2020

President Trump claims that the U.S. intelligence on Russia bounties on U.S. Troops in Afghanistan was deemed not credible, and he was not briefed. The intelligence had gleaned that the bounties may have led to the death of several U.S. service members.

The New York Times reported on Friday that Trump had been briefed on the matter and that the National Security Council had held a meeting about it in late March.

Trump Claims Intel on Russian Bounties Was Deemed Not Credible

From the Left
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National Security, Donald Trump, US Intelligence, Russian bounties, US Military, Afghanistan

Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan are believed to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. service members, according to intelligence gleaned from U.S. military interrogations of captured militants in recent months.

Several people familiar with the matter said it was unclear exactly how many Americans or coalition troops from other countries may have been killed or targeted under the program. U.S. forces in Afghanistan suffered a total of 10 deaths from hostile gunfire or improvised bombs in 2018, and 16 in 2019....

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From the Center
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President Trump claimed in a late-night tweet that he was not briefed on intelligence about a Russian unit offering bounties on American service members in Afghanistan because the U.S. intelligence community deemed the information not credible.

Trump also suggested that details of the intelligence, first reported by The New York Times on Friday, may have been fabricated by the media in order to “make Republicans look bad.”

“Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP,”...

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From the Right
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National Security, Donald Trump, US Intelligence, Russian bounties, US Military, Afghanistan

If there was a “hint” of truth to reports that Russian agents offered bounties to Afghan militants to kill U.S. soldiers, then President Trump should have been immediately informed on the matter, Rep. Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said Monday.

His comments come a day after Mr. Trump said that “nobody briefed or told me,” Vice President Mike Pence or White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows “about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an ‘anonymous source’...

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