President Trump on Sunday night claimed the rationale he wasn’t briefed on Russia’s alleged bounty to the Taliban to kill US forces in Afghanistan is simply because intelligence officers did not come across the report credible.
“Intel just claimed to me that they did not find this details credible, and thus did not report it to me or @VP,” the president tweeted.
“Possibly an additional fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Bogus Information @nytimesbooks, seeking to make Republicans glance poor!!!”
Before Sunday, the president backed up White Residence claims that he and Pence were being unaware of the alleged bounty.
The New York Situations documented on the bounties Friday and claimed the president was designed conscious of the condition and reviewed it in late March with the White House’s Countrywide Security Council.
The report mentioned a number of selections were being weighed — like sanctions and a complaint to be designed via diplomatic channel — but the White Home had nonetheless to authorize any response.
White Household push secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Director of Countrywide Intelligence John Ratcliffe released statements on Saturday indicating that Trump and Pence had not been briefed.
McEnany’s assertion commented on the “inaccuracy of The New York Instances tale erroneously suggesting that President Trump was briefed on this issue.”