Report Claiming Russia Paid Taliban To Kill U.S. Troops Sparks Anger In Washington

A classified intelligence report says that Russia paid the Taliban to conduct lethal attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The report regarding Russia’s actions in Afghanistan was delivered to the White House earlier this spring and until the New York Times broke the story on Friday was known only to a handful of people. It is unknown whether bounties paid to the Taliban resulted in the deaths of any U.S. troops. Reported by Fox News.Read more… Although the New York Times reported that U.S. President Donald Trump had been briefed about the alleged bounties, Trump has denied any knowledge of allegations. Trump also tweeted that he had information the reported intelligence may be “phony” while White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence were not briefed “on alleged Russian bounty intelligence.” Reported by CNN. Read more… Trump sent out a Tweet early Sunday denying any knowledge of the report after former National Security Advisor John Bolton blasted the president’s earlier denial and saying that Trump’s decision-making was “not connected to reality.” Reported by Fox News. Read more…

The disclosure of the report has caused a bit of a political firestorm as conservative lawmakers have been calling upon the Trump administration to explain what it knew about the report. House Republican Conference chair Liz Cheney Tweeted a demand to know why, if the reports are true, the president and vice-president were not briefed, who did know and when, and what had been done to protect U.S. troops and hold Russian president Vladimir Putin accountable.  Reported by Fox News.Read more… And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that she’s unclear as to what “the Russians have on” President Trump, but claimed it must have swayed his administration from not taking action after learning of the alleged bounties. Reported by Fox News. Read more…