"We need to get to the bottom of it and we need to do it now".
Last Friday, in an exclusive story, the New York Times reported that a Russian military intelligence unit had been offering bounties to militias linked to the Taliban for the killing of American and Coalition troops in Afghanistan.
"My number-one priority is the safety of our troops. I just don't know what to say other than if he likes dealing with strong authoritarian figures".
"Nobody's been tougher on Russian Federation than the Trump Administration".
Trump's tweet came a day after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that the report, if accurate, was a "truly shocking revelation" about the commander in chief and his failure to protect USA troops in Afghanistan and stand up to Russian Federation.
Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said: 'This does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence but to the inaccuracy of the New York Times story erroneously suggesting president Trump was briefed on this matter'.
"There is no consensus within the intelligence community on these allegations, and in effect there are dissenting opinions from some in the intelligence community with regard to the veracity of what's being reported, and the veracity of the underlying allegations continues to be evaluated", McEnany said.
He also vouched for an earlier White House statement that denied Trump had been briefed on the matter but left open the possibility that the intelligence existed.
The White House briefed several House Republicans on the intelligence on Monday, including House Republican Conference chair Liz Cheney - who called on the administration to provide answers about the reports on Sunday.
Russia is apparently not yet on the allegations informed Should confirm the fears of the American intelligence services, would be known for the first Time that a Russian unit staged attacks on Western troops.
There was discussion as far back as February and March in the United States intelligence community and among the top military commanders about the Russian operation to assess the intelligence and what exactly was happening, the U.S. official told CNN. Was this because the president was briefed and did nothing or because he wasn't briefed because people were afraid to give him bad news and kept it to themselves?
She pointed to some examples in previous Russia reports before saying, "It is inexcusable the failed Russian reporting of The New York Times and I think it's time that The New York Times and The Washington Post hand back their Pulitzers". Denies being briefed, whether he is or not, his administration knows.
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