White House Defends Trump Not Being Briefed on Russia ‘Bounty’ for US Soldiers

By Steve Herman | VOA News |

WHITE HOUSE – The White House is on the defensive about President Donald Trump not being briefed on reports that a Russian military intelligence unit offered bounties to Taliban militants in Afghanistan to kill U.S. soldiers.

“Intelligence is verified before it reaches the president of the United States. And in this case, it was not verified,’’ White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Monday when reporters asked why the president was not informed.

The New York Times reported Monday night that according to two officials, the information was in the president’s daily brief in late February, days after Trump ousted Joseph Maguire as his acting director of national intelligence.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.