Transcript for Outrage grows over Russian bounties
But what house also responding to actual bombshell report accusing Russia of offering bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan. With president trump denied he was ever briefed on the allegations here's ABC's Andrew Denver. Tonight backlash from a bombshell report accusing Russia of offering bounties on US soldiers in Afghanistan. If it is true underline the word if that they are paying surrogates to kill Americans. This is one of the most serious matters I think that has arisen in the -- administration. The New York Times first reporting that Russian intelligence officers offered to pay the Taliban to kill American troops and aid peace talks to end America's longest war. A military official confirming the report to ABC news the report also states that the president was briefed on the disturbing allegations today president trump denying that in a tweet nobody briefed or told me vice president pence or chief of staff mark meadows about the so called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan. By Russians. This is as bad as it gets. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling the president's response outrageous speculating the Russians have damaging information on him. I don't know what the Russians have on the president politically personally. Financially or whatever it is. Last year 23 US troops died in Afghanistan. But whether any were targeted by Taliban fighters paid by Russian operatives is not known according to military sources presumptive democratic presidential nominee Joseph Biden. Echoing the speaker's stating statements it's betrayal of most sacred duty. We bear as a nation. Protect and equip our troops who resent him in harm's way. Russia meanwhile is denying all allegations the Russian embassy here in the US calling them quote. Baseless Tom Bard Andrew thank you.
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