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Trump says he never discussed troop bounties with Putin

Never Discussed Troop Bounties with Putin: Trump

WASHINGTON – The United States President Donald Trump said that he has never raised the issue with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, about US intelligence that Russia has issued rewards for the Taliban to kill US forces in Afghanistan.
Trump continued to dismiss the assessment during an interview with Axios on HBO on Tuesday, calling it “false” and adding that he “never discussed it” with Putin during excerpts from the conversation.
The US president said that intelligence “never came to my desk,” and when asked why he did not raise the issue that Trump said during a recent phone call with Putin, he said, “It was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankly it’s a problem that a lot of people said was fake news.”
Trump said he and Putin discussed nuclear proliferation during their last conversation. He did not identify the names of the “many people” that, according to him, the intelligence discarded, only said that they are “many people.”
The New York Times reported in June that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered rewards of up to $100,000 to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces, including US troops in Afghanistan.
The White House maintains that Trump has not been informed of the findings, but multiple reports say it was contained in his Presidential Daily Brief, a secret document that he receives every morning.
Reports say Trump may not have read it, but Trump maintained in the Axios interview that he “reads it a lot.”
“They like to say I don’t read. I read a lot. I understand extremely well,” he said.
“I have so many briefings on so many different countries, but this one didn’t make it to my desk.”
The National Security Agency has disagreed with the findings of the other intelligence agencies, including the CIA, according to the Wall Street Journal.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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