Trump Denies Knowing About Russian Bounties On The U.S. Soldiers: The White House has finally responded to the New York Times report about Russian bounties on the U.S. soldiers.
New York Times had reported that President Donald Trump had been previously briefed about the same but did not take any action against it.
President Trump denied the allegations and called the report “just another hoax”. But the pressure has been building up on the White House for a proper response.
Seeing the increasing pressure and allegations, the White House finally called a hasty press briefing on Tuesday.
Response from the White House
Kayleigh McEnany, the White House Press Secretary reacted sharply to the NYT report and denied that Trump knew anything about it.
There were also reports that President Trump had been briefed in 2019 too about the same, to which Kayleigh said that the information was not verified.
McEnany said, “This intelligence has still not been verified and there is no consensus among the intelligence community.”
She also said that President Trump did not know about it because it was not verificatory news. She talked about the dangers to national security in case of a top-secret information leak.
President Trump reacted to the report and allegations in a tweet, calling it a hoax.
He tweeted, “The Russia Bounty story is just another made up by Fake News tale that is told only to damage me and the Republican Party. The secret source probably does not even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited @nytimes has a source, reveal it. Just another HOAX!”
The Russian bounties on the U.S. soldiers
The New York Times weekend article claims that Russia was giving Afghan militants bounties to kill the U.S. soldiers.
The United States Intelligence had warned the White House about the plot as early as in January. What’s more disturbing about the news is that it hasn’t been a one-time miss or lapse.
The United States Intelligence informed the White House in 2019 as well when the actual first started. It was after a raid on a Taliban outpost from where the spies and Commandos retrieved a large amount of American cash.
Then they interrogated some of the captive militants which confirmed their doubts that Russians had paid a bounty to the Taliban militants to kill the U.S. soldiers.
Although President Trump and the White House has been denying every allegation, this information has struck up a controversy.
Democrats of the House has called this a major intelligence failure on the part of President Trump.
Rep. Steny Hoyer said, “This was a red flag. It was either not waved or the President ignored the wave.”