Pompeo did not say which military leader spoke to the Russian military about the program, and the Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mr. Pompeo continued.
Pompeo’s comment marks the first time that a senior member of the government has openly admitted to having discussed the bonuses with the Russian government. On the contrary, Trump said in a recent interview with Axios that he had never confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin on this issue.
The New York Times first reported in June on the existence of a CIA assessment that Russian agents secretly offered and paid militants bonuses to encourage more frequent attacks. into the US military and coalition forces in Afghanistan in the months leading up to the historic peace deal announced in February. The White House claimed that Trump had been briefed on intelligence, but the president rejected dropped reports as “Russian hoax.”;
When asked about Trump’s remarks in an interview with Axios, Pompeo declined to comment on whether the president was given a brief notice, and defended Trump’s handling of the situation.
“President Trump in any case has anyone on his national security team come to him to say, ‘Sir, we are concerned that we haven’t done enough here, we can doing more here, here’s another “risk.” The president took it seriously, and we reacted in a way that not only was perfectly relevant but also kept our people safe, “Pompeo said.
The top US general in the Middle East told reporters he was skeptical of intelligence that the bounty was paid.
General Frank McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, said in early July: “I find that very disturbing. I have not found a pathogenic link there.”