White House Press Secretary Says Donald Trump 'Does Read' His Daily Intelligence Briefings




A spokesperson for the National Security Council said Monday that "the veracity of the underlying allegations continues to be evaluated."

Another Trump administration official told PEOPLE on Monday that Trump "was never briefed on this issue because there is no consensus within the intelligence community on these allegations."

A spokesperson for Putin told NBC News the report was "100 percent b—–" and denied the reports that Russia placed bounties on U.S. soldiers with terrorist organizations. The Taliban also denied involvement.

But neither President Trump's denial over the notion that he isn't paying attention to his intelligence briefings, nor the Russian and Taliban denials of involvement, have satisfied U.S. lawmakers pressing the Trump administration for answers.

"This is as bad as it gets, and yet the president will not confront the Russians on this score, denies being briefed,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told ABC's This Week on Sunday.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a loyal Trump political ally, tweeted Saturday that it was "imperative Congress get to the bottom of" the report.

Rep. Liz Cheney, the Republicans' third-ranking member in the House of Representatives, tweeted her own questions about the matter on Sunday.

"If reporting about Russian bounties on US forces is true, the White House must explain: 1. Why weren’t the president or vice president briefed? Was the info in the PDB [daily brief]? 2. Who did know and when? 3. What has been done in response to protect our forces & hold Putin accountable?" the lawmaker asked.

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