White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters at Monday’s briefing that President Donald Trump has not yet been briefed on intelligence suggesting Russia is paying out bounties for the deaths of American soldiers in Afghanistan, as the intelligence community hasn’t reached a “consensus” on the veracity of the information.
“While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the CIA director, NSA, national security adviser and the chief of staff can all confirm that neither the president nor the vice president were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence,” McEnany stated. “There is no consensus within the intelligence community on these allegations, and, in effect, they are dissenting opinions from some in the intelligence community with regards to the veracity of what’s being reported, and the veracity of the underlying allegations continue to be evaluated.” (RELATED:Trump Dismisses NYT Report That Russia Offered Bounties To Taliban Forces To Kill US Soldiers)
McEnany answered a followup question on whether Trump had been briefed in recent days by noting that “intelligence is verified before it reaches the president of the United States. In this case it wasn’t verified.”
“I won’t speculate