President Trump said on Sunday evening that the reason why he did not inform him of the Russian bounty for the Taliban killing US troops in Afghanistan was because intelligence officials believed the report was not credible.
“Intel just reported to me that they believed this information was not credible, so they did not report it to me or @VP.” President Tweets.
“It may be another fabricated Russian scam, maybe it was proposed by the fake news @nytimesbooks, hoping to make the Republicans look bad!!!”
Earlier on Sunday, the President backed up the White House, claiming that the White House and Pence were not aware of the so-called bounty.
The New York Times reported on the bounty case on Friday, claiming that the president was aware of the situation and had discussions with the White House National Security Committee in late March.
The report stated that several options were weighed, including sanctions and complaints filed through diplomatic channels, but the White House has not approved any response.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe issued a statement on Saturday saying that Trump and pennies were not briefed.
McKinney’s statement commented on “The New York Times’ report is incorrect and incorrectly implies that President Trump has briefed on the matter.”