Trump received Presidential Daily Briefing on Russian bounty plot: report
US President Donald Trump meets Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Osaka. (AFP / Brendan Smialowski)

On Monday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump received a presidential daily briefing in the spring including the intelligence assessment that Russia was putting bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.


"That assessment, the source said, was backed up by 'several pieces of information' that supported the view that there was an effort by the Russian intelligence unit — the GRU — to pay bounties to kill US soldiers, including interrogation of Taliban detainees and electronic eavesdropping," reported Barbara Starr. "The source said there was some other information that did not corroborate this view but said, nonetheless, 'This was a big deal. When it's about US troops you go after it 100%, with everything you got.'"

This report contradicts the claim by the White House that the president was not made aware of this intelligence — a claim that even Republicans have demanded clarification on.