Intelligence assessing that Russia had offered bounties to incentivize Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition troops in Afghanistan was included in one of President Trump’s daily briefings in the spring, CNN reported Monday, citing an unnamed source.
The official reportedly said the assessment was backed up by “several pieces of information” that supported the view that there was an effort by the Russian intelligence unit, the GRU, to pay bounties to kill U.S. soldiers but added that there was also information that did not corroborate this view.
“This was a big deal. When it’s about U.S. troops you go after it 100 percent, with everything you got,” the official said.
Trump has denied being briefed on the matter, and CNN reported that he doesn’t always read the President’s Daily Brief from cover to cover.
The official told the news network the information was serious enough for the National Security Council staff to hold a meeting during the spring to discuss “possible response options.”
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