Trump: Russian Bounty Story Is A “Fake News Hoax”

Politico reports:

President Trump claimed early Wednesday that reports about suspected Russian bounties on coalition forces in Afghanistan were a “hoax” meant to damage him politically.

The White House has denied that Trump was personally briefed on the intelligence before it became public, though it has sidestepped questions about subsequent reports that the information was cited in one of Trump’s written briefs, formally known as the President’s Daily Brief, in February.

Trump’s tweet Wednesday marks his first public comment on the matter since Monday, when he claimed that he was not briefed on the intelligence because it was deemed not “credible.” Trump has face criticism for not issuing a forceful message to Russia in light of the revelations.