But Mr. Trump and his press officer, Kaleigh McEnany, both claimed that he was not informed about the intelligence report. Mr. Trump said in a tweet late Sunday that “Intel just told me they didn’t find this information credible and therefore didn’t report it to me,” or Vice President Mike Pence.
Legislators weren’t sure what to believe, and even members of Mr. Trump’s party sounded uneasy on Monday when asked about the President’s testimony.
Texas representative Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said Trump’s tweet that he hadn’t been made aware of the reports was “a very worrying statement.”
“Anything that would indicate credibility that would endanger our service members, let alone reward their lives, should have been communicated to the commander-in-chief immediately and a plan to deal with this situation,” he said.
Mr. Thornberry and Washington’s Adam Smith, Democratic chairman of the committee, have asked for “full accounts of what the White House knew about these Russian operations and when to hold the relevant officials and the Russian government accountable” . According to Monica Matoush, a panel democratic spokeswoman.
She said Monday morning that nothing was planned yet.
Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida and Acting Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, wrote on Twitter on Monday that he would not comment on certain messages. But he said that “targeting our troops by foreign opponents through proxy is a well-established threat” and that his panel would continue to “closely monitor” intelligence agencies.
At the weekend, U.S. intelligence agencies declined requests from lawmakers for comments on the review. However, intelligence officials told lawmakers that Russia is politically supporting the Taliban to influence the group and promote operations to combat the Islamic state operating in Afghanistan. Moscow expects the Taliban to be an influential political force that will promote regional stability and support their long-term interest in limiting Western military presence in Afghanistan.