WASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 01st July, 2020) US President Donald Trump has been briefed on the unsubstantiated media reports about allegations that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to assassinate US soldiers in Afghanistan, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany sid during a press briefing.
"The President has been briefed on what is, unfortunately, in the public domain because of the New York Times and the irresponsible leak," McEnany told reporters on Tuesday.
McEnany emphasized that there is no consensus in the US intelligence community on the credibility of the allegations and the claims still have to be verified.
On Friday, the New York Times published an article citing unnamed US intelligence officials who claimed that a Russian military intelligence unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill US and coalition soldiers in Afghanistan.
Trump said that neither he nor Vice President Mike Pence received a briefing on the issue because the US intelligence community said the allegations were not verified or substantiated. Trump called the article another attempt at a Russia hoax to make Republicans look bad in an election year.
Russian officials have denied the allegations as false and characterized them as being part of the internal political infighting in the United States.