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World Trump says he never confronted Putin about Russia bounty reports: Axios

13:55  29 july  2020
13:55  29 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Trump won't say if he 's confronted Putin over Russia 's reported bounties on US troops. President Donald Trump on Monday would not say whether he 's confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin over reports Russia paid Taliban-linked Afghan militants bounties to kill US soldiers.

' Russian bounties ' intelligence was in Trump written daily briefing – reports . Classified US reports suggested a Russian military intelligence unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill US Trump said on Sunday he was not told of the allegations because the information was not “credible”.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said he never questioned Russian President Vladimir Putin about U.S. intelligence reports that Russia paid the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan, casting doubt on the reports in an interview.

Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump sitting on a bench in a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: G20 leaders summit in Osaka © Reuters/Kevin Lamarque FILE PHOTO: G20 leaders summit in Osaka

"I have never discussed it with him," Trump said in an interview on Tuesday with "Axios on HBO."

Trump, a Republican who has sought to cultivate warmer relations with Moscow, has said he was not briefed on the matter before it emerged in news media in late June. He has called the reports a hoax and casts doubt on them.

Trump Admits He’s ‘Never’ Mentioned Bounties to Putin Because He Thinks It’s ‘Fake News’

  Trump Admits He’s ‘Never’ Mentioned Bounties to Putin Because He Thinks It’s ‘Fake News’ President Donald Trump has admitted that he failed to mention U.S. intelligence that indicates Russia paid the Taliban to kill American troops during a call with Vladimir Putin last week. In fact, Trump says he has “never” brought up the issue with the Russian president apparently because he doesn’t believe the CIA. The New York Times reported back in June that U.S. intelligence officials concluded “months ago” that a Russian military intelligence unit paid out for each U.S. or allied soldier killed. There is some disagreement in the intelligence community—the National Security Agency reportedly disagreed with the CIA’s findings.

- You did talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin , and I wanted to ask if you did bring up the reports of Russia having bounties on our soldiers in Afghanistan. Associated Press Videos. Trump won't say if he 's confronted Putin over Russia 's reported bounties on US troops. Business Insider.

US President Donald Trump refused to answer a reporter's question on Monday about disputed reports that Russian agents had paid bounties to Taliban fighters to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan.

Asked why he did not confront Putin on the issue in their call last Thursday, Trump told Axios, "That was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankly that's an issue that many people said was fake news."

His skepticism has been contradicted by four U.S. and European sources and by its inclusion in a widely read CIA report in May.

Excerpts from Tuesday's interview were released on Wednesday and the full interview will be broadcast on Monday, Aug. 3.

Democrats in Congress have accused Trump of not taking intelligence information concerning soldiers' deaths seriously enough.

White House officials has struggled to explain the Trump administration's response to the bounty reports, but has not commented on their substance or denied the information was included in written presidential intelligence briefings.

National security adviser Robert O'Brien has said Trump was not verbally briefed on the intelligence because his CIA briefer concluded the reports were uncorroborated.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Howard Goller)

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