Trump Says He Didn’t Know About Russian Bounties on US Soldiers, US Intelligence Knew in January, Trump Discussed in March: Report
While President Donald Trump claims he knew nothing about a Russian military intelligence unit offering bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces — including U.S. soldiers — in Afghanistan, the New York Times reports that Trump and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem during a meeting in late March.
In a separate article, the New York Times reports that U.S. military and intelligence officials knew about the Russian bounties in January 2020:
The crucial information that led the spies and commandos to focus on the bounties included the recovery of a large amount of American cash from a raid on a Taliban outpost that prompted suspicions. Interrogations of captured militants and criminals played a central role in making the intelligence community confident in its assessment that the Russians had offered and paid bounties in 2019.