President Trump: No one in the White House briefed on bounties in Afghanistan

FILE – In this June 23, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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According to President Trump, his top officials were not told about alleged bounties placed on U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan.

On Twitter, the president stated “nobody briefed or told me, Vice President Mike Pence or Chief of Staff Mark Meadow about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan as reported through an anonymous source by the fake news New York Times.”

He went on to say “everybody is denying it and there have not been many attacks on us.” He added “nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump administration.”

President Trump then criticized the former administration by saying “with corrupt Joe Biden and Obama, Russia had a field day taking over important parts of Ukraine.”

He concluded his remarks by questioning the report, which he said was “probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia hoax.”

The president slammed the publication for repeatedly citing anonymous sources in its reports. He called on “the fake news New York Times” to reveal its anonymous source. However, he has expressed they won’t do it because he doesn’t believe the person even exists.

President Trump also shared a tweet by American diplomat Richard Grenell, who called the use of anonymous sources for partial information dangerous. Grenell emphasized it can be manipulated for political gain.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, June 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

On Saturday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany blasted the newspaper for releasing the allegedly false story.

“The United States receives thousands of intelligence reports a day, and they are subject to strict scrutiny,” stated McEnany. “While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the CIA director, national security adviser, and the chief of staff can all confirm that neither the president nor the vice president were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence.”

Intelligence Community officials have verified this information as well.

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