American soldiers wait on the tarmac in Logar province, Afghanistan, in 2017. A recent report by the New York Times stated that the U.S. intelligence community concluded months ago, if not earlier, that a Russian intelligence unit secretly offered payments to Taliban-linked militants for successful attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan ( “Sources: Trump told of bounties in ’19,” June 30). The report indicated President Donald Trump had been briefed on the intelligence in late March — and more reporting indicates it may have been in 2019 — but he has not authorized any response measures. The president asserts that he’s never been briefed because it had not been deemed verifiable and credible. “Intelligence … is vetted for its veracity, and it only goes to the president and the high-level officials when it is deemed as verifiable and credible,” the president’s press secretary has stated.
This would indicate that earlier reports about many things — such as Russian intelligence interference in U.S. elections, which was acknowledged as received by the current administration — were vetted in terms of veracity and credibility.
The fact that the president has cast doubt on those reports, stating in at least one instance that he believed […]
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