The official said the intelligence classified by the Trump administration was presented to the president in his daily summary on December 17. His national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, discussed the information with the president the same day, the official said.
The details of this intelligence have not yet been confirmed. The scene is reminiscent of reports earlier this year that Russia had budgeted for Afghan militants to kill US forces in Afghanistan. And that information Presidential Intelligence Conference It was later revealed that this information had gone unnoticed for several weeks.
Trump has not yet publicly called on Russia on the issue.
Although it is unclear whether President-elect Joe Biden looked at intelligence, he would have approached the same intelligence since receiving the president’s daily summary.
The White House and Biden change committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
CNN reported in June A European intelligence official has said that Russian intelligence officials from the GRU, a military intelligence agency, recently paid Taliban fighters in Afghanistan to kill US or British troops. The incentive provided by the Russians led to the death of the Coalition, which could have been the death or injury of service members, the official told CNN. The official did not specify the date of the victims, their number or nationality, or whether these were deaths or injuries.
An American official who is knowledgeable in this matter CNN It is unknown at this time what intelligence the money was transferred to, but it is unclear how the intelligence in question was verified or who approached the representatives of this Russian faction – the top leaders of the coalition forces or the commanders of the domain divisions.
In the midst of the peace talks, US intelligence had decided several months ago to grant Russian military intelligence credits, and Trump was briefed on the intelligence findings, and the White House National Security Council held a meeting on this in late March. New York Times, Officials explained.
After the news broke in June, Trump Declined to comment About intelligence. He tweeted that “many attacks on US troops have not been carried out by Taliban militants”, which is evidence that the intelligence is “fake” – a step above the White House’s previous statement in which Press Secretary Kaylee McNani did not deny the validity of the report, but instead Trump and Vice President Mike Pence was not called “Russian pound intelligence.”
Discussion took place in the US intelligence community and in the US military community and exactly what was going on with the Russian move to evaluate intelligence. In June, CNN. The source said there had been some efforts to protect US forces due to intelligence.
News has come that China is financing attacks on US forces, and China is waiting to see if Biden will adopt Trump’s more punitive policies on the nation or move to restore relations between Washington and Beijing.
During the Obama-Biden administration, diplomacy was guided by conflict rather than by attempts to cooperate with China. But there is evidence that Biden’s views have changed in Washington in recent years, where Beijing is increasingly seen not as a potential partner for the United States, but rather as its primary rival.
Biden’s campaign website accuses technology companies of “aiding repression in China” and promises that foreign policy will “stop subsidizing coal exports to the world’s largest carbon emitter – China, and outsourcing their pollution to other countries.”
“To win the race for the future against China or anyone else, we must sharpen our innovative margin and unite the economic strength of democracies around the world to confront misguided economic practices,” it says.
A Biden campaign advertisement in June accused Trump of “playing” China. During a Democratic primary in February, Biden called Chinese President Xi Jinping a “thug” and said Beijing should “play by the rules.”
This story has been updated with additional background information.
CNN’s Ben Westcott, Paul LeBlanc, Nick Patton Walsh, Veronica Straguevorcy, Radina Kikova, Barbara Starr, Devan Cole and Sarah Westwood all contributed to the report.