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    The Associated Press The Latest on Hurricane Laura: President Donald Trump will get a briefing about Hurricane Laura Thursday at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Trump will get an afternoon briefing after a noon roundtable with supporters at Trump International Hotel in Washington and before he makes his evening speech from the White House to accept the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump has already been briefed by acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor, and is getting regular updates about conditions on the ground. McEnany says “Hurricane Laura remains a deadly hurricane with devastating coastal storm surges, destructive winds and flash flooding.” She says Trump is committed to deploying...
    (CNN)Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed Thursday that he had been briefed on information regarding Russian payments to the Taliban, seemingly acknowledging that Russia's support for the militant group in Afghanistan is not a "hoax," as President Donald Trump has claimed. However, Esper also made clear that he has not seen intelligence that corroborates claims that American troops were killed as a result of the "bounty" payments, walking a delicate line between acknowledging a well-known threat and potentially clashing with the President.Esper's comments came during a long-awaited appearance before the House Armed Services Committee, where lawmakers had their first opportunity to ask the defense secretary and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley about their knowledge of...
    Lucian K. Truscott IV July 4, 2020 12:00PM (UTC) The first story of the rest of Donald Trump's life was published last Friday in the New York Times, revealing that the Russian intelligence agency known as the GRU has been paying bonuses to Taliban fighters to kill Americans, and that this intelligence had been reported to Trump and had been known at least since March. The story was subsequently confirmed by the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the AP. But at least as interesting as the facts in the story was this gem a few paragraphs down: "Spokespeople at the National Security Council, the Pentagon, the State Department and the C.I.A. declined to comment," the Times reported,...
    Former National Security Adviser John Bolton refused to directly address whether he had briefed President Donald Trump on intelligence that Russia paid Afghan militants to kill U.S. troops during an interview with “Mornings on the Mall” (WMAL) Thursday. Bolton reportedly told administration officials he personally briefed Trump on the intel, according to the Associated Press Monday evening. This would indicate that White House officials knew about the alleged bounties around a year earlier than previously reported by publications. WMAL co-hosts Mary Walter and Vince Coglianese pressed Bolton on the report, but he sidestepped and would not confirm nor deny whether he had briefed the president on the alleged bounties. Walter began by noting that “there seems to be some confusion...
    "Special Report" host and Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier flatly asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday if Russia had "American blood on its hands in Afghanistan" following a New York Times report last week that U.S. intelligence had received information that Moscow had offered Taliban-linked militants bounties for killing American soldiers and President Trump had been briefed about it. "The United States has responded appropriately to the threats that have been presented to it in Afghanistan consistently through my entire three-and-a-half years, first as the CIA director and now as Secretary of State," Pompeo responded to Baier's question. "There are many folks using the Taliban or who have used the Taliban over years and years and years as proxy...
    Today is the day that the Gang of Eight—both Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate—are set to be briefed on the intelligence behind Russia’s scheme to murder American soldiers and destroy the peace process in Afghanistan by offering bounties to Taliban militants. Naturally, this briefing begins with a tweet from Donald Trump describing the entire story as a “hoax” cooked up by The New York Times. Which naturally ignores that the information has now been confirmed by the Washington Post, CNN, NBC … pretty much everyone. Intelligence even has the receipts showing transfer of funds from Russia to the Taliban. Really, the only questions on the matter seem to be the ones that have been hauled out so...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany made the bold claim Tuesday that President Trump was the most informed person in the world.  'The president does read and he also consumes intelligence verbally,' McEnany said. 'This president, I'll tell you, is the most informed person on planet earth.'  McEnany was being asked if the intelligence that said Russia was paying bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers was in the President's Daily Brief, with the reporter suggesting that Trump might not have read it.  White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that President Trump was the 'most informed person on planet earth' after a White House reporter suggested that he may have missed intelligence on Russia paying bounties...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has been briefed on the intelligence at the center of media reports that Russia offered to pay bounties for the killing of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said on Tuesday. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Diane Bartz; Editing by Tim Ahmann) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    The newest Russia-themed firestorm has intensified, with The New York Times and the Trump administration doubling down on their clashing claims. In response to a Times report citing unnamed officials claiming the president was briefed on a suspected Russian bounty plot to kill Americans, President Trump blasted the “phony Times hit job” Sunday and said “nobody briefed or told” him about the alleged plot. Now the paper has published the date of the alleged briefing, citing two unnamed officials. “American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to...
    Never Trump GOP operative Rick Wilson believes President Trump is guilty of treason. During Tuesday's New Abnormal podcast by the Daily Beast, Wilson told editor-at-large and left-wing commentator Molly Jong-Fast that people will "piss" on the president's grave forever after reports emerged that Russia paid bounties to Taliban-connected militants to kill U.S. soldiers. "The word traitor and the word treason in this country gets abused like crazy," he began. "It's true. But sometimes by you," Jong-Fast interjected. "But in this case, it's not an abuse of the word. He met the literal definition of treason. He gave aid and comfort to the enemy and abetted the enemy. He did not take action," Wilson said. "It's not...
            by Chuck Ross  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday called on two top intelligence officials to provide a briefing to all members of Congress regarding reports that Russian intelligence has paid bounties to Taliban fighters to attack U.S. service members in Afghanistan. “Congress needs to know what the intelligence community knows about this significant threat to American troops and our allies and what options are available to hold Russia accountable,” Pelosi wrote to John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence and Gina Haspel, the director of the CIA. U.S. intelligence officials said that a unit of Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the GRU, paid bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American and Western soldiers, The New York Times reported Friday....
    The Defense Department said late Monday that there is “no corroborating evidence” to support the explosive New York Times report last week that said the Russian military offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The report sent shock waves through Washington and prompted President Trump to outright deny knowing anything about the intel cited in the report. “To date, DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports. Regardless, we always take the safety and security of our forces in Afghanistan—and around the world—most seriously and therefore continuously adopt measures to prevent harm from potential threats,” Jonathan  Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement. The New York Times,...
    The nation’s top spy chiefs condemned the classified leaks about an alleged plot by Russia to offer bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. forces, warning the selective leaking jeopardized the intelligence community’s ability to ascertain the veracity of the claims. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and CIA Director Gina Haspel released separate statements within minutes of each other late Monday night. Ratcliffe, who last month was sworn in as the head of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where he oversees the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies, said, “U.S. and coalition force protection is a critical priority for both the President and the Intelligence Community” and “the selective leaking of any classified information disrupts the...
    Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have had what a foreign affairs expert called an “unusual amount of communication” recently, speaking by phone five times over the course of three weeks around the time that Trump was reportedly told about a Russian effort to offer bounties for militants who kill U.S. service members. There is no evidence that the world leaders spoke about the allegation, or whether Trump himself knew about the supposed bounty program during any of the times they spoke. As the U.K.’s Sun reported, the world leaders had a flurry of communications between March and April, including what were described as some lengthy phone conversations. Dmitry Suslov, a professor and foreign affairs expert at Moscow’s Higher School of...
    The White House on Monday briefed congressional Republicans on intelligence behind reports that Russia offered bounties to the Taliban to kill Americans in Afghanistan, even as bipartisan concerns mount about whether President Donald Trump should have done more to respond to the troubling claims. [ READ: Trump Denies Russia Bounty Claim  ]Newly appointed Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, national security adviser Robert O'Brien and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows were among the senior officials who briefed the lawmakers about the explosive details first documented in a report from The New York Times on Friday and subsequently confirmed by other news outlets. The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the Russian bounty scheme accounted for dozens of American deaths...
    The White House held a briefing for Republican members of Congress on Monday afternoon about the intelligence report that Russia offered to pay members of the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan because the intelligence and one of those lawmakers revealed the payments went back longer that originally reported.  Republican Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana, after he left the briefing, tweeted that the payments went back to his service in Afghanistan. He was deployed in Afghanistan during Operations Enduring Freedom and Freedom’s Sentinel in 2014 and 2015, according to his official biography, and he currently serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a Supply Corps officer.  'Having served in Afghanistan during the time the alleged bounties were placed, no one is...
    Igor Derysh June 29, 2020 9:54PM (UTC) President Donald Trump claimed that he was not briefed on intelligence that Russia offered Afghan militants bounties to kill American and Western troops, because it was not "credible" even though it was shared with Congress and U.S. allies. American intelligence officials concluded months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American and coalition troops during peace talks to end the two-decades-long war, The New York Times first reported Friday. : The intelligence was briefed to Trump and was discussed by the National Security Council in March, according to the report, which was independently confirmed by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Associated Press. The White...
    A Republican lawmaker who attended a White House briefing Monday on intelligence related to an alleged Russia’s bounty program targeting American troops in Afghanistan accused The New York Times of publishing “unconfirmed” intelligence and derailing an ongoing investigation into the attacks. “Having served in Afghanistan during the time the alleged bounties were placed, no one is angrier about this than me,” tweeted Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who served in the U.S. Navy Reserve in Afghanistan in 2014 and 2015. “Now it’s impossible to finish the investigation. All b/c the @nytimes will do anything to damage @realdonaldtrump, even if it means compromising nat’l security,” Banks also tweeted. “The blood is on their hands.” Banks was one of a group of Republican...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday addressed reports that Russian intelligence offered Afghan militants bounties to kill U.S. soldiers, and the White House knew about it but did nothing. After decrying the reports, McEnany told FNC’s “Fox & Friends” that the “off base” comments made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) suggesting President Donald Trump had been briefed on the intel is Pelosi “playing politics” for pushing the story, which the press secretary called “truly despicable.” “First, Nancy Pelosi is entirely off base,” McEnany stated. “This President has been very tough on Russia, sanctioning innumerable Russian targets, closing Russian consolates. So, she’s just off base on her facts there, but secondly, let’s put this in the context of what...
    Alex Thomas June 29, 2020 0 Comments White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is sharing that President Donald Trump has not been briefed on reports that a Russian spy unit offered bounties on American and British soldiers, as of Monday afternoon. During Monday’s press briefing, McEnany was asked if Trump has a message for Moscow and the press secretary responded, “No, because he has not been briefed on the matter, as I noted.” She added, “There’s no consensus among the intelligence community and there, in fact, dissenting opinions.”See her comments below: Question: Does the President have a specific message for Moscow?Kayleigh: No because he has not been briefed. pic.twitter.com/8Ah818gsIh— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 29, 2020The New York Times reported...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters at Monday’s briefing that President Donald Trump has not yet been briefed on intelligence suggesting Russia is paying out bounties for the deaths of American soldiers in Afghanistan, as the intelligence community hasn’t reached a “consensus” on the veracity of the information. “While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the CIA director, NSA, national security adviser and the chief of staff can all confirm that neither the president nor the vice president were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence,” McEnany stated. “There is no consensus within the intelligence community on these allegations, and, in effect, they are dissenting opinions from some in the intelligence...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said President Donald Trump has still not been briefed about a New York Times report that Russia put bounties on American troops. McEnany noted there’s still “no consensus” in the intelligence community, but said the Times’ claim that Trump knew about it was “erroneously reported.” The Times’ report, which was published three days ago, said that Trump was notified about Russian bounty campaign to the Taliban in late March, but has still yet to confront the Russians about targeting U.S. soldiers. The Washington Post also found that found that the program could have resulted in the “death of several U.S. service members.” In a White House press briefing Monday, Reuters Jeff Mason asked,...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday called on two top intelligence officials to provide a briefing to all members of Congress regarding reports that Russian intelligence has paid bounties to Taliban fighters to attack U.S. service members in Afghanistan. “Congress needs to know what the intelligence community knows about this significant threat to American troops and our allies and what options are available to hold Russia accountable,” Pelosi wrote to John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence and Gina Haspel, the director of the CIA. U.S. intelligence officials said that a unit of Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the GRU, paid bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American and Western soldiers, The New York Times reported Friday. (RELATED: Report: Russia Offered...
    The White House will brief members of Congress Monday on intelligence reports that Russia offered to pay members of the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, an allegation President Donald Trump called a 'Russian hoax.' It's unclear how many lawmakers have invited to this afternoon's briefing but it will include both Democrats and Republicans, ABC News reported, noting members on 'committees of jurisdiction' have been invited.   Several members of Congress demanded more information and that the president respond to Russian aggression.    'This is totally outrageous. You would think that the minute the president heard of it he would want to know more instead of denying that he knew anything,' Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday on ABC's 'This Week.' 'We...
    CNN’s John Berman raised skepticism for President Donald Trump’s claim that he that he wasn’t briefed on Russia’s secret bounty offers to Taliban militias because the information on the matter wasn’t credible enough. Berman held an interview on Monday with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, which largely focused on Trump’s claim for why he wasn’t briefed on Russian military intelligence reportedly issuing payouts for the deaths of U.S. soldiers. Multiple news outlets have corroborated The New York Times’ original report on the bounty story, and Clapper said it would be a “pretty serious indictment” for Trump if he did, in fact, know about that Russian payouts were behind the deaths of servicemen. “If this reporting is true,...
    US President Donald Trump said he was not “briefed” on possible bonuses Moscow paid to insurgents for killing western soldiers in Afghanistan because the intelligence services did not consider the information “credible”. “Intelligence has just informed me that he did not find this info credible and therefore did not report it to me or to @VP,” Vice President Mike Pence, Trump said Sunday evening. a tweet. On Sunday morning, he had already tweeted: “No one briefed me or briefed Vice President Mike Pence or Chef de Cabinet Mark Meadows on the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by the Russians”. “Everyone denies it and there have not been many attacks against us,” he added...
    President Trump on Sunday night said the reason he wasn’t briefed on Russia’s alleged bounty to the Taliban to kill US forces in Afghanistan is because intelligence officials didn’t find the report credible. “Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP,” the president tweeted. “Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad!!!” Earlier Sunday, the president backed up White House claims that he and Pence were unaware of the alleged bounty. The New York Times reported on the bounties Friday and claimed the president was made aware of the situation and discussed it in late...
    President Donald Trump walks to the White House residence after exiting Marine One on the South Lawn on June 25, 2020 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty Images President Donald Trump on Sunday denied that he was made aware of U.S. intelligence officials' conclusions that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan. The Trump administration was set to brief select members of Congress on the matter on Monday. The intelligence assessments came amid Trump's push to withdraw the U.S. from Afghanistan, and suggested that Russia was making overtures to militants as the U.S. and the Taliban were holding talks to end the long-running war. The assessment was first reported by The New York Times...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on Sunday that she’s unclear as to what “the Russians have on” President Trump, but added that it must have swayed his administration not to take action after U.S. intelligence learned that Moscow spies offered bounties to Afghan militants to kill U.S. troops. Pelosi said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” that throughout Trump’s presidency he has ignored allegations against misdeeds committed by Russia, but that the new reports on bounties “is as bad as it gets.” “This is as bad as it gets, and yet the president will not confront the Russians on this score, denies being briefed,” Pelosi said. “I don't know what the Russians have on the president, politically, personally,...
    Afghan Taliban militants and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the peace deal – Noorullah Shirzada/AFP Donald Trump has denied being briefed by intelligence officials that the Russians offered bounties to the Taliban to kill British and American soldiers in Afghanistan. Reports of the Russian bounties, first carried in the New York Times, were confirmed by other major US news outlets over the weekend. According to the reports Mr Trump, who has sought to forge a close relationship with Vladimir Putin, was briefed about the bounties allegedly paid to Islamic militants in March but failed to act. The reports were dismissed as “fake news” by the president on Twitter. “Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration,”...
    Former White House national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonSunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Grassley knocks Trump, Fox News over town hall answer Bipartisan strategy for countering China's challenge to international order MORE said Sunday that a tweet from President TrumpDonald John TrumpFour men charged for trying to tear down Andrew Jackson statue in DC Video shows workers removed social distancing signs before Trump Tulsa rally: WaPo Biden slams Trump for not sanctioning Russia over Afghan militant 'bounties' intelligence MORE denying he had been briefed on reported Russian bounties placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan was typical behavior for the president. “There's a lot we don't know so we should be cautious, but...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Trump renews vow on preexisting conditions after urging court to overturn ObamaCare Trump touts ratings for rally, Fox News town hall: 'These are the real polls' MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that she doesn’t know “what the Russians have on” President TrumpDonald John TrumpFour men charged for trying to tear down Andrew Jackson statue in DC Video shows workers removed social distancing signs before Trump Tulsa rally: WaPo Biden slams Trump for not sanctioning Russia over Afghan militant 'bounties' intelligence MORE but suggested that information influenced his administration response to U.S. intelligence that Russia offered bounties on American troops in Afghanistan. Pelosi said on ABC's "This Week" that Trump “wants...
    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the White House, and President Donald Trump are all pushing back on a New York Times report that claimed that Trump was briefed about an alleged Russian military unit that secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan. “The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March, the officials said,” The New York Times reported. “Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and a demand that it stop, along with an escalating series of sanctions and other possible responses, but the White...
    The White House has denied that President Donald Trump was briefed on a reported finding that Russian military intelligence offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.    Neither Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence was briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement, referring to a report on June 26 in The New York Times.    "This does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence but to the inaccuracy of The New York Times story erroneously suggesting that President Trump was briefed on this matter," she added.    Former Vice President Joe Biden reacted to the report by attacking Trump for his reported failure to take...
    The White House has denied that President Donald Trump was briefed on a reported finding that Russian military intelligence offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.    Neither Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence was briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement, referring to a report on June 26 in The New York Times.    "This does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence but to the inaccuracy of The New York Times story erroneously suggesting that President Trump was briefed on this matter," she added.    Former Vice President Joe Biden reacted to the report by attacking Trump for his reported failure to take...
    The nation’s spy chief denied reports that President Trump had been briefed on a U.S. intelligence report claiming that Russian military intelligence was offering bounties to Afghan militants to target U.S. and coalition forces. “I have confirmed that neither the President nor the Vice President were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting yesterday,” Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said in a statement released just before midnight on Saturday. “The White House statement addressing this issue earlier today, which denied such a briefing occurred, was accurate. The New York Times reporting, and all other subsequent news reports about such an alleged briefing are inaccurate.” The New York Times reported on...
    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's comment came after The New York Times revealed on Friday that Taliban-linked militants were offered bounties to kill American and other NATO troops. The White House denied that Trump was briefed on the matterCredit: AFP or licensors US Army Conducts Air Assault On Afghan TownCredit: Getty Images - Getty Russia's leader Putin shaking hands with US President Donald TrumpCredit: AFP or licensors The Russians allegedly paid Taliban criminals to kill US soldiers The Times' report said that Trump was made aware of the intelligence finding and it was discussed at the White House National...
    The White House denied Saturday that President Donald Trump had been briefed on intelligence that reportedly showed Russia had offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants if they killed U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.  Trump was briefed on the findings in March but has not yet decided how to respond, a New York Times report claimed Friday. Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany fiercely denied the president had known for months, stating that 'neither the President nor the Vice President were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence'. But she added: 'This does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence but to the inaccuracy of The New York Times story erroneously suggesting that President Trump was briefed on this matter.'  The New...
    The White House denied President Trump had been briefed on U.S. intelligence that reportedly determined Russia offered secret bounties to kill U.S. troops. Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, issued a statement soon after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee castigated Trump for reportedly taking no retaliatory action. "The United States receives thousands of intelligence reports a day and they are subject to strict scrutiny. While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the CIA Director, National Security Advisor, and the Chief of Staff can all confirm that neither the President nor the Vice President were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence," she said on Saturday. The New York Times and the Wall Street...