The White House denies that President Donald Trump was aware of intelligence that would demonstrate that Russia has promised rewards to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan to kill U.S. military personnel.
Neither Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence has been notified, spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said on Saturday. She added that this is not about the veracity of the information, but only about whether Trump would have been informed.
The New York Times reported earlier this week that the Russian secret service reportedly offered militant Islamists in Afghanistan money to kill foreign soldiers. This was supposed to promote attacks by the Taliban and other militias on American troops, the newspaper reported. The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal came up with similar reports on Saturday and made them based on information from intelligence circles.
The US National Security Council (NSC) made a selection of possible countermeasures against Russian action after a meeting in March, but nothing has been done about it, according to media reports. Trump is said to have been informed about the Russian approach, but the White House contradicts that.
The Taliban and Russia refer the media reports to the trash and consider them irrelevant, according to US newspapers.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says he is shocked by the revelations, which “show if they are true again that Trump has failed to stand up to Putin.” “Not only has he not punished Russia or otherwise felt the consequences of this blatant violation of international law, Donald Trump continues to be submissive and self-deprecating himself against Vladimir Putin,” said Biden.