The White House on Saturday denied that President Donald Trump was briefed on reported U.S. intelligence that Russia’s army supplied bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, with Democratic rival Joe Biden criticising Trump for failing to take motion in opposition to Moscow.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany stated in an announcement that “neither the president nor the vice president (Mike Pence) were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence”.
The assertion, McEnany stated, didn’t tackle the “merit of the alleged intelligence” reported on Friday by the New York Times.
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A Russian army intelligence unit linked to assassination makes an attempt in Europe supplied rewards for profitable assaults final 12 months on American and coalition troops, the Times reported.
The newspaper reported that Islamist militants, or armed legal components carefully related to them, have been believed to have collected some bounty cash.
Trump was informed in regards to the intelligence however had not authorised steps to retaliate, the Times reported.
Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate set to problem Trump within the Nov. three election, stated throughout a digital city corridor on Saturday that the Times report, if true, represents a “truly shocking revelation,” noting particularly Trump’s reported failure to retaliate.
“Not only has he failed to sanction or impose any kind of consequences on Russia for this egregious violation of international law, Donald Trump has continued his embarrassing campaign of deference and debasing himself before Vladimir Putin,” Biden stated, referring to the Russian president.
Biden pledged retaliation if he turns into president.
“If I’m elected president, make no mistake about it, Vladimir Putin will be confronted and we’ll impose serious costs on Russia,” Biden stated.