White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany denied on a Friday New York Times report that President TrumpDonald John Trump Four men accused of trying to tear down Andrew Jackson statue in DC Video shows retired workers signs of social estrangement ahead of Trump Tulsa rally: WaPo Biden criticizes Trump for failing to sanction Russia for the intelligence of the “rewards” of Afghan militants MORE and Vice President Pence were briefed on the American intelligence findings that Russian military operations offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan, including US troops, in the midst of peace talks.
Citing White House officials briefed on the matter, the Times reported that Trump and Pence were briefed on the intelligence findings and that the White House National Security Council held a meeting on the matter in late March.
McEnany denied that information and said in a statement Saturday that: “While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the CIA Director, National Security Adviser, and Chief of Staff can confirm that neither the President nor the Vice President was informed of the alleged reward intelligence. Russian. “
She said the United States “receives thousands of intelligence reports a day and is subject to strict scrutiny,” adding that she does not deny that intelligence exists, but that the president was not informed of it.
“This does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence but to the inaccuracy of the New York Times story that erroneously suggests that President Trump was informed on this matter.” McEnany said.
The Russian embassy in Washington, DC, has called the Times report. “fake news” and without foundation. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied the allegations to the Times, calling it an “unfounded” effort to smear them.
the Wall street journal, he Washington Post and Fox News published reports confirming the Times reports.
The newspaper’s work resulted in a renewed push among lawmakers to sanction Russia. The president has doubted American intelligence in the past, especially during a 2018 press conference alongside the Russian president. Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBiden criticizes Trump for failing to sanction Russia for intelligence of ‘rewards’ by Afghan militants The White House denies being informed of the rewards of Afghan militants The Russian intelligence unit offered rewards for killing coalition troops in Afghanistan: MORE report in Helsinki, Finland, where he publicly rejected US intelligence that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
Republican Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaul White House denies being informed of the rewards of Afghan militants. Republican lawmakers support Israel’s plan to annex areas in the West Bank. Sunday’s trailer shows: Bolton delivers a bomb as the United States tackles COVID-19, police brutality. PLUS (Texas), the highest-ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement Saturday that he “immediately contacted the Administration” to confirm the allegations.
“If necessary, the Administration must take swift and serious steps to hold the Putin regime accountable,” McCaul said.
LR @RepMcCaul: “I have seen press reports that a Russian military intelligence unit offered rewards from Afghan militants for killing US troops. If true, it would only deepen my serious concerns about the malicious behavior of the Putin regime globally.
– Republican Party House of Foreign Affairs (@HouseForeignGOP) June 27, 2020
Democratic senator Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) Menéndez Republican lawmakers support Israeli plan to annex areas in the West Bank Lighthizer denies Bolton claims Trump asked Xi for help in elections Republican Party Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst (NJ), the highest-ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell The risks of not spending much more than the risks of spending more The White House denies that it was informed about the rewards of the Afghan militants. Ocasio-Cortez launches interns to work for her instead of McConnell MORE (R) to put his bill sanctioning Russia to vote on the floor of the chamber.
“If Trump refuses to hold Putin accountable for financing terrorism against US troops in Afghanistan, then Congress must step up again,” Menendez tweeted Saturday.
“My Russian sanctions legislation was passed by SFRC in December and is awaiting a vote. McConnell is due to act this week.”
If Trump refuses to hold Putin accountable for financing terrorism against US troops in Afghanistan, then Congress must step up again.
My Russia sanctions legislation was passed by SFRC in December and is awaiting a vote. McConnell is due to act this week. https://t.co/UXuQhFmoy7
– Senator Bob Menéndez (@SenatorMenendez) June 27, 2020
In February, the United States and the Taliban signed a historic agreement in Dohar, Qatar, laying the groundwork for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and signaling a possible end to America’s longest war.
CNN reported On Saturday the administration was “close to finalizing” a decision to withdraw an additional 4,000 soldiers by the fall.