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Trump Stirs New Alarm Over Russia by Dismissing Bounty Claims

  • President hasn’t demanded a probe or threatened consequences
  • Lawmakers demand Russian accountability if evidence found
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WATCH: McEnany says Trump wasn’t briefed on reports that Russia paid bounties for American and allied troops to be killed in Afghanistan.Source: Bloomberg
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President Donald Trump has publicly shrugged off allegations that Russia offered bounties to kill American troops in Afghanistan, reigniting concerns that he’s more interested in preserving ties with the Kremlin than defending U.S. interests.

Trump has yet to demand an investigation or threaten Russia with any consequences if the allegations are confirmed -- even as lawmakers from both parties demanded the administration hold Russia accountable if there is evidence that the bounty offers occurred.