“I’ve never talked to Putin about it. I wouldn’t have a problem with that,” Trump said in an interview scheduled to air on HBO on Monday. HBO is owned by WarnerMedia, the same parent company as CNN.
The chairman said he had spoken to Putin by telephone last Thursday.
“No, it was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankly, it’s a problem that many have talked about fake news,”; Trump told Axios.
Russian intelligence officers for the GRU military intelligence unit offered Taliban militants money in Afghanistan in return for killing American or British troops there, a European intelligence official told CNN last month.
During an interview with Axios, Trump was forced to emphasize that the messages were “fake messages.”
“A lot of people,” Trump said, pointing to “the people in the Bush administration.”
Trump said later on Wednesday that he would be “very angry” if the intelligence was “true.”
“I don’t know why they do it, but if you tell me they do, I’d definitely consider it,” Trump told reporters on the south lawn of the White House before going on a trip. to Texas.
Trump also said he would “respond adequately” to the reward in kind if the intelligence stopped.
Striking intelligence, he told Axios, “never reached my desk.”
“If it got to my table, I would do something about it. He never got to my desk, “he said, further reading that he reads a book with instructions and” (understands), extremely well. “
He said the two were discussing nuclear proliferation and “numerous things.”
Trump also asked if Russia was supplying weapons to the Taliban, “we also supplied weapons when they were also fighting Russia,” he said, not asking John Nicholson, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan.
“The most important and sacred duty of the Commander-in-Chief is to protect those who serve our state by harm. However, months after the US intelligence community issued a warning – against Donald Trump and our allies – Russia was when the president places a reward on the heads of American soldiers and women in the war zone, he continues to turn his back on those who have laid down their lives on the line for our country, and on his own duty, “said campaign spokesman Biden Andrew Bates. in a statement on Wednesday.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, accused Trump of CNN’s “new day” for continuing “to meet Vladimir Putin,” adding that “it is inconceivable to me” that intelligence did not reach the president’s desk.
However, the White House has stated that there is not enough consensus in the intelligence community on sophisticated intelligence. Earlier this month, Frank McKenzie, America’s top general oversight of operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan, said intelligence about Russian workers offering compensation to Taliban-linked militants was “very worrying,” but the information was not reliable enough to withstand court. He also said he was not convinced that the generous program was directly responsible for the deaths of American personnel.
Marshall Cohen, Arlette Saenz and Veronica Stracqualursi of CNN contributed to this report.