Trump Says Report On Russian Bounties For US Troops is a Hoax
Donald Trump's administration has been briefing Congress on the reports of Russia paying bounties to Taliban-linked fighters to kill U.S. troops. However, Trump continues to call the report a hoax. "Do people still not understand that this is all a made up Fake News Media Hoax started to slander me & the Republican Party. I was never briefed because any info that they may have had did not rise to that level," Trump said in a tweet.
"The New York Times first reported that U.S. intelligence officials determined months ago that Russia had secretly offered bounties for successful attacks on coalition forces — including U.S. troops — in Afghanistan last year and that officials provided a written briefing of the finding to Trump in late February", NPR reports.
Rep. Adam Schiff told reporters "I find it inexplicable in light of these very public allegations that the president hasn't come before the country and assured the American people that he will get to the bottom of whether Russians are putting a bounty on the heads of American troops."
Congressional Republicans and Democrats were briefed on the matter separately. The Senate will be briefed today.