Several people familiar with the matter told the Post that it is unclear how many US troops may have died as a result of the rewards.
The president tweeted Sunday that “there have not been many attacks” against US soldiers by Taliban fighters as evidence that the reported intelligence may be “false.”
Her tweet was a step beyond a White House statement Saturday in which press secretary Kayleigh McEnany did not deny the report’s validity, instead saying that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were not informed “about the alleged intelligence. of Russian reward. “
The Russian embassy in Washington, DC, denounced the Times report on Friday as “unfounded allegations” that have led to death threats against Russian diplomats in Washington and London. The Taliban also rejected the report.
There have been more than 2,400 total deaths of US service members since the start of the longest US war in 2001. Last year was the deadliest in five years for the United States in Afghanistan, with 23 service members killed during operations in the country in 2019.
This story has been updated with additional background.