It would not have made sense for U.S. intelligence officials to report an unsubstantiated claim to President Donald Trump that Russian intelligence officials offered money to Taliban militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, former deputy assistant to the president and radio show host Sebastian Gorka told Newsmax TV.
“We don’t report things to the most powerful man in the world simply because they’re unverified,” Gorka told Monday’s “Spicer & Co.” “Here’s a rule of thumb for the future . . . if The New York Times, if The Washington Post, if CNN, if BuzzFeed, if the HuffPost, writes a story sourced to unnamed sources, just rip it up and throw it in the trash.”
“How is it that just earlier today, Kayleigh McEnany has to stand at the podium . . . and say ‘Oh, the president is never briefed on unverified intelligence.’ How is that news?” Gorka said.
Trump has denied he received any briefing from U.S. intelligence officials on any bounties offered by Russians to militants with connections to the Taliban. The president also said he was going to brief lawmakers on Capitol Hill on what he has learned about the bounty since the news broke Friday.
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