Trump Briefed on Russian Bounties Report: NYT

US intelligence agencies briefed Donald Trump in late February on reports that a Russian military intelligence unit paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill US and coalition troops in Afghanistan, according to two sources, reports the New York Times. The White House claims the report lacked consensus or verification, and the president did not receive a briefing. Uncertainty often surrounds such intelligence reports, and the agencies have previously submitted such sensitive matters to the president regardless. The new director of national intelligence emphasized that such leaks are a crime and added the report is still being investigated. During the 2016 presidential campaign, the intelligence community harbored deep concerns and launched investigations into officials associated with Trump. Prior to the Trump presidency, Republican candidates often ran for office on strong national-security platforms, urging protection for US troops and rapid responses to threats. In late May, Trump proposed inviting Russia to rejoin the powerful G7, but other members rejected that plan. The G7 dropped Russia after the 2014 takeover of Crimea. – YaleGlobal

Trump Briefed on Russian Bounties Report: NYT

Intelligence suggests Russia paid Taliban militants bounties to kill US troops; an investigation may focus on 2019 deaths of three Marines
Charlie Savage, Eric Schmitt, Nicholas Fandos and Adam Goldman
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Read the article from the New York Times, with two sources suggesting the US president was briefed on a report that a Russia military intelligence unit was paying bounties to Taliban militants to kill US troops: “Mr. Trump is said to often neglect reading that document, preferring instead to receive an oral briefing summarizing highlights every few days. Even in those face-to-face meetings, he is particularly difficult to brief on national security matters.”

Charlie Savage is a Washington-based national security and legal policy correspondent. A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, he previously worked at The Boston Globe and The Miami Herald. His most recent book is “Power Wars: The Relentless Rise of Presidential Authority and Secrecy.”

Eric Schmitt is a senior writer who has traveled the world covering terrorism and national security. He was also the Pentagon correspondent. A member of the Times staff since 1983, he has shared three Pulitzer Prizes.

Nicholas Fandos is a national reporter based in the Washington bureau. He has covered Congress since 2017 and is part of a team of reporters who have chronicled investigations by the Justice Department and Congress into President Trump and his administration.

Adam Goldman reports on the F.B.I. from Washington and is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Fahim Abed, Annie Karni and Emily Cochrane contributed reporting.

Data on photo of US soldier on patrol in Afghanistan - US Fatalities in Afghanistan  US 2020	8 2019	24 2018	14 2017	15 2016	13
US fatalities rose in 2019: US Marine on patrol in a village near Bost Kalay, Afghanistan (Source: Photo, Sgt. Sean J. Berry/US Marine Corps; data, icasualities.org)

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