U.S. President Donald Trump denied he had been briefed by the U.S. intelligence on Russian bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American and coalition troops in Afghanistan and called The New York Times (NYT) placed on US troops in Afghanistan, and asked The New York Times to identify their sources.
Trump in a tweet on Sunday said, “Nobody briefed or told me” or Vice President Mike Pence or Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about “the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians.”
Trump called the story “fake news” and said, “Everybody is denying it and there have not been many attacks on us.”
Trump’s director of national intelligence also said neither the president nor the vice president was “briefed on any intelligence” as the NYT report claimed.
When former vice president and the leading rival for the presidential elections, Joe Biden called the report a “shocking revelations,” Trump responded by saying “Russia ate his and Obama’s lunch during their time in office.”
He also responded to Biden’s criticism for “his embarrassing campaign of deference and debasing himself” before Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration,” he said. “With Corrupt Joe Biden and Obama, Russia had a field day, taking over important parts of Ukraine – Where’s Hunter? Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax. Who is their source?”