PRESIDENT Donald Trump was given a written briefing in February that concluded a Russian military intelligence unit offered and paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, according to reports.

The new information, reported by The New York Times, emerged on Monday as the White House attempted to downplay the assessment that Russia had sought to reward such killings.

It had been reiterated by the White House that President Trump was never briefed on the matter, but two officials told The Times that the intelligence was first presented to Trump months ago.

The officials said the information was included in Trump’s Daily Brief document, a compilation of the government’s latest secrets and foreign policy insights.

The document also focuses on insights into national security.

One source said the information about Russia bounties on US troops was included in late February, while the other said February 27 specifically.

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