U.S. intelligence provided President Donald Trump with information about Russia promising rewards for attack on the U.S. forces in Afghanistan; however, the American president stated that the information was not reliable as The Guardian reported.
According to The New York Times, the information about the issue was included in a daily briefing reported to Trump at the end of February. Besides, one of the sources specified that the same issue was reported in the spring.
White House top officials were also acknowledged about this information. It is also specified that Trump prefers to hear the oral briefing a few times a week than to read the daily reports.
The issue was raised why Trump has not responded to the reports about threats to the U.S. soldiers; however, the American President stated that intelligence officials told him the threat was not credible.
Nevertheless, Trump received a number of responses to his words.
“There is no consensus within the intelligence community on these allegations, and in effect there are dissenting opinions from some in the intelligence community with regard to the veracity of what’s being reported, and the veracity of the underlying allegations continues to be evaluated,” press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany contradicted Trump.
Executive editor of the Lawfare website Susan Hennessey wrote:
“It is common for different intelligence agencies to attach different degrees of confidence based on the manner on underlying intel; that isn’t the same as there being disagreement over whether something happened”.
“Maybe there really is a disagreement between agencies on whether this happened at all. But there is strong consensus among the reporting and the language the White House is using sure seems designed to obfuscate”.
Meanwhile, Russia denied the existence of a rewarding program.
“You know, maybe I can say it’s a little bit rude but this is 100% bullshit,” Dmitry Peskov, the Spokesperson of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said.