‘I Think It’s Another Russia Hoax’: Trump Says He’s Doubtful About ‘Taliban Bounties’ Story

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Last week, the president said he would be “very angry” if the information published in the US media about alleged Russian payments to Taliban militants for the killing of American troops was proven to be true. Previously, Russian and US officials and even the Afghan militants themselves had all dismissed the allegations.

US President Donald Trump has reiterated that has not seen any evidence to suggest that the ‘Russian bounties’ allegations are true, and indicated that they may have been fabricated by Democratic adversaries like California Congressman Adam Schiff to attack his administration.

“We’re working with Russia right now on a nonproliferation agreement – nuclear nonproliferation. And if we can get something like that, it’d be great. But [the bounties’ intelligence assessment] was never brought to my attention, because it didn’t reach the level,” Trump added, referring to a recent telephone conversation he’d had with Russian President Vladimir Putin in which the bounties claims were reportedly left unmentioned.

“There are a lot of people, including Democrats, that said it never took place. If it did take place, it would have been brought to my attention, and I would take very strong action,” Trump said of the bounties claims.

In late June, the New York Times reported, citing anonymous intelligence sources, that Russian military intelligence has allegedly been paying bounties…

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