The White House says there is "no consensus" on whether the reports that Russia has offered rewards to militants linked to the Taliban for destroying US troops are accurate.
The US administration said the respective intelligence had not been briefed to President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence, despite statements to the opposite in the media.
A senior administration official who spoke with Fox News, who said there was “no consensus” on the intelligence report claiming Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants who attacked the US military.
"The veracity of the underlying allegations continues to be evaluated," a National Security Council spokesman told Fox News. Multiple national security sources confirm to Fox News that so-called "raw" intelligence rarely gets included in the president’s daily brief.
Russia denied that it had issued bounties against American soldiers.
A Taliban spokesman also denied any truth to the report.