AP sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019

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The White House has said president trump has not been briefed on intelligence that Russia was secretly offering bounties for the killings of American troops in Afghanistan but the AP has learned top White House officials knew of the intelligence early last year officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence say it's been included at least twice in the president's daily rate an intelligence briefing starting early last year that national security adviser John Bolton told colleagues at the time he to brief the president the revelations are casting doubt on a White House efforts to distance the president from the assessments spokeswoman Kelly mac and Amy said yesterday he had not been briefed because the intelligence had not been fully verified it would not be elevated to the president tell 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 Sager mag ani Washington

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