DONALD Trump was NOT briefed on Russian spies reportedly offering cash to Taliban militants to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan, the White House said.
The White House denied that Trump was briefed on the matter[/caption]
The Times’ report said that Trump was made aware of the intelligence finding and it was discussed at the White House National Security meeting in March.
In a statement on Saturday, however, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany denied Trump’s knowledge on the matter.
Anonymous US officials briefed on the situation told the Times they found out months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit had offered rewards for successful attacks last year.
Unit 29155, an arm of the Kremlin’s intelligence agency dubbed GRU, is the brains behind this espionage – and they are also connected to terrorist incidents in Europe.
Moscow said it wasn’t aware of the accusations unearthed by the New York Times[/caption]
Islamist militants and their criminal associates are believed to have collected some bounty money.
In 2019, there were 20 American soldiers killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2019 but it hasn’t been revealed which killings are being investigated.
On Saturday, a European intelligence official told CNN that Russian intelligence officers for GRU did recently offer Taliban members cash for killing US or UK troops in Afghanistan.
The New York Times also reported on Saturday that a Western intelligence source confirmed the same reports.
“His entire presidency has been a gift to Putin, but this is beyond the pale,” Biden said at a virtual town hall on Saturday.
“It’s betrayal of the most sacred duty we bear as a nation to protect and equip our troops when we send them into harm’s way.
US Provincial Reconstruction team (PRT) commander Russel McCormica (R) patrols in the mountains of Nuristan Province on December 19, 2009[/caption]
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“It’s a betrayal of every single American family with a loved one serving in Afghanistan or anywhere overseas,” he added.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has dubbed the report “nonsense,” the Associated Press reported.
“This unsophisticated plant clearly illustrates the low intellectual abilities of the propagandists of American intelligence, who instead of inventing something more plausible have to make up this nonsense,” the Russian Ministry said.