Trump Admits He’s Never Mentioned Bounties to Putin Because He Thinks It’s ‘Fake News’ – Serialpressit (News)

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President Donald Trump has admitted that he failed to mention U.S. intelligence that indicates Russia paid the Taliban to kill American troops during a call with Vladimir Putin last week. In fact, Trump says he has “never” brought up the issue with the Russian president apparently because he doesn’t believe the CIA.

The New York Times reported back in June that U.S. intelligence officials concluded “months ago” that a Russian military intelligence unit paid out for each U.S. or allied soldier killed. There is some disagreement in the intelligence community—the National Security Agency reportedly disagreed with the CIA’s findings.

But, since he had Putin on the phone, you might expect a U.S. president to at least ask about intelligence showing that Russia had incentivised Taliban militants to murder American troops. In an interview with Axios on HBO, Trump said he didn’t bother.

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Asked why he skirted the issue with Putin last week, Trump replied: “That was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankly that’s an issue that many people said was fake news.”

Last month, the Times report was followed by a flurry of confusion about whether Trump was actually briefed about the damning intelligence. The White House insisted Trump was never briefed, but then it was later reported that it was included in the President’s Daily Brief in February—and he may have simply failed to read it.

Asked about whether that was the case, Trump told Axios that he does read the PDB, remarking “they like to say I don’t read, I read a lot,” and went on to say: “I comprehend extraordinarily well. Probably better than anybody that you’ve interviewed in a long time.”

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Trump went on to repeat the claim that the intelligence “never reached [his] desk.”

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