‘They’re lying or US intelligence is a total failure’: White House blasted for Russian plot denial
President Donald J. Trump salutes and First Lady Melania Trump places her hand over her heart during the dignified transfer ceremony for United States Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle, of Tarrant, Texas, and United States Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr., of Keaau, Hawaii Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. Knadle and Fuchigami were killed Wednesday in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

On Saturday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany denied that President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence had been briefed that Russia reportedly offered bounties for the killing of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.


“The United States receives thousands of intelligence reports a day, and they are subject to strict scrutiny. While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the CIA director, national security adviser, and the chief of staff can all confirm that neither the president nor the vice president were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence,” McEnany claimed.

The claim seemed to raise more questions than it answered. Here's some of what people were saying: