Russia-Taliban: White House officials knew in 2019 - report

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The AP has learned the top officials in the White House knew early last year of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban. To kill Americans in Afghanistan. Officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence say it's been included at least twice in the president's daily written intelligence briefing starting early last year. Then, national security adviser John Bolden told colleagues at the time he'd brief the president. The revelations are casting doubt on the White House efforts to distance the president from the assessments. Spokeswoman Kayleigh Mcenany said yesterday he had not been briefed because Thie intelligence had not been fully verified. It would not be elevated to the president until it was verified. But if the president had been briefed, it raises questions about why he did not take action against Russia for steps threatening American troops.

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