Pompeo: US told Taliban not to attack Americans

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He said Trump's defence that he hadn't been briefed was inexcusable.

One of the four said other USA agencies had largely discredited reporting by the National Security Agency which had challenged the intelligence accusing Russian Federation of targeting US troops in Afghanistan.

That said, the consensus among Democrats who attended today's session was that it wasn't a satisfying briefing: Politico reported that senior Democratic lawmakers agreed they were given "no substantive information" about the allegations from White House officials, and key US intelligence leaders were not in attendance.

The Associated Press and the New York Times reported Monday night that the president had been briefed about the bounties.

Hoyer further called the information he was briefed on a "red flag" - one that was either "not waved" to begin with, or that the president ignored when he first saw it.

Meanwhile, the United Nations office in Kabul says its initial impartial findings indicate Afghan National Army mortars inflicted heavy civilian casualties Monday at a market in Sangin district of Afghanistan's Helmand province.

Senate Democrats sent a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper asking when the two cabinet officials learned about the intelligence regarding Russian bounties and whether Pompeo raised the issue during a May discussion with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. "That's actually not normal".

"The president is the most informed person on planet Earth when it comes to the threats that we face", she added".

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"Though the United States has accused Russian Federation of providing general support to the Taliban before, analysts concluded from other intelligence that the transfers were most likely part of a bounty program that detainees described during interrogations".

"What it tells the Russians is that we are in disarray and ripe for this kind of provocation, not just in Afghanistan but in many, many places around the world", Bolton said in an interview on "Bloomberg Surveillance" on Bloomberg Television and Radio.

Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) talks to reporters on April 21, 2020 in Washington. "And above all, go after [Russian President Vladimir] Putin".

The New York Times , followed by the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal , reported this week After Russian agents distributed money to fighters "close to the Taliban" to kill American or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldiers in Afghanistan.

The president's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said the intelligence wasn't brought to the president's attention initially because it was unverified and there was no consensus among the intelligence community.

"The questions that arise are: was the President briefed, and if not, why not, and why was Congress not briefed", she wrote.

"Every single member, Republican and Democrat alike, of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is aware, should have been aware, of the intelligence that I was briefed on", said Sen. According to the New York Times, the intelligence was part of the President's Daily Brief in February. "Our intelligence agencies aren't in complete agreement on this, even now". The officials provided the information on the condition that they not be identified.

Still, the Pentagon said it took additional precautions to protect troops. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican and member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Russian Federation should face consequences from the US if the intelligence regarding the alleged bounties is accurate.

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