Trump denies knowledge of 'Russian bounties on US troops' as criticism mounts squib

Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered cash to Taliban militants for successful attacks on coalition troops in Afghanistan

Donald Trump claimed on Sunday that no one had told him about a Russian plot to offer bounties to Taliban militants in exchange for fatal attacks on coalition troops in Afghanistan, though US security officials have been weighing a response to the plot since at least March.

Top administration officials, including members of Trump’s national security council, have been discussing the Russian bounty offer for months, the New York Times first reported.

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