U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet that intelligence officials told him that a report on Russian premiums to Taliban fighters for the killing of U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan was “not credible.” The reason they didn’t inform him about that, Trump said.
The White House previously denied on Saturday that the President would have been aware and would have done nothing, as The New York Times reported.
Trump on Twitter called the newspaper’s coverage “possibly a new made-up Russian fake message” and accused the medium of “fake news.”
The earlier White House statement on Saturday came shortly after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden accused Trump of inaction.
While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the CIA Director, National Security Adviser and Chief of Staff all confirm that neither the President nor the Vice President was aware of the alleged Russian bounties, said White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany.
The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Russian bounties offered to Taliban fighters to murder coalition forces in Afghanistan would have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. military personnel.
That would have emerged from intelligence gathered by U.S. military personnel during interrogations of militants imprisoned in recent months. The newspaper came up with this based on sources who are aware of the issue.