Trump not briefed because Russia bounty reports uncorroborated, White House says
President Donald Trump was not verbally briefed on a reported Russian effort to pay the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because the allegations were not corroborated at the time, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said on Wednesday.
O’Brien, however, declined to say whether the intelligence, which U.S. ally Britain also has said it was aware of, had been included in a written presidential briefing earlier this year.
He also attributed the decision not to brief the president to a senior civil servant in the Central Intelligence Agency, and said he supported that call.
“The person who decided early on whether the president should be briefed on this in the Oval, in the Oval intelligence briefing, was a senior career civil servant,” O’Brien told reporters at the White House. “And she made that decision because she didn’t have confidence in the intelligence that came out.”
1st July 2020